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Film Night: A Revolution in Thought with Dr. Iain McGilchrist
Film Night: A Revolution in Thought with Dr. Iain McGilchrist

Fri, May 24

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Virtual Film Night

Film Night: A Revolution in Thought with Dr. Iain McGilchrist

It is often remarked that though it may seem that we face numerous global crises of different kinds – The term ‘metacrisis’ has been invented to describe this predicament. Join Jeff as he presents Dr. Iain McGilchrist's thoughts on the metacrisis.

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May 24, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Virtual Film Night

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A Revolution in Thought? How Hemisphere Theory Helps Us Understand the Metacrisis

It is often remarked that though it may seem that we face numerous global crises of different kinds – environmental, social, political, cultural, economic, psychological, and so on – these crises are interrelated. The term ‘metacrisis’ has been invented to describe this predicament. However, these crises are not merely adventitiously interrelated because each has an impact on and reinforces each of the others – though that may be true – but because they share roots at a deeper level in a way of thinking about ourselves and the world. What are these roots? Hemisphere theory, deeply grounded as it is in Darwinism and subsequent neuroscientific research, shows us that a new, far more complex, and more nuanced, appraisal of the bipartite brain – the product of the last 30 years of research – brings new insights into the human condition. There are vitally important clues to the understanding of human cognition and motivation embodied in the structure of the brain. These clues help explain why certain apparently unrelated phenomena tend to occur together, why outcomes that appear paradoxical are in reality predictable, and why many attempts to remedy them will prove inadequate since they are tackling only the manifestations of a problem that we need to address at its root – both in the psyche of the individual and that of a civilization viewed as a whole. ‘Know thyself’ commanded the Delphian oracle: we need urgently to learn to do so, and this synergy of philosophy and neuroscience appears to offer the most promising way.

Dr Iain McGilchrist is the author of The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World (Yale 2009); and The Matter with Things: Our Brains, Our Delusions and the Unmaking of the World (Perspectiva 2021). He is a Quondam Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, an Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford, a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and former Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director at the Bethlem Royal & Maudsley Hospital, London. He has published original articles and research papers in a wide range of publications on topics in literature, philosophy, medicine and psychiatry.

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