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Ivan Tyrrell interviews Dr Iain McGilchrist

Date posted: 10/01/2022


Dr Iain McGilchrist is a highly-respected psychiatrist, neuroscience researcher, philosopher, and author of the seminal and highly recommended book, The Master and His Emissary – and he has just released his latest publication, The Matter With Things.


The Matter With Things: Our Brains, Our Delusions, and the Unmaking of the World represents another major contribution to our understanding of ourselves and the world around us and addresses some of the oldest and hardest questions humanity faces … Who are we? What is the world? How can we understand consciousness, matter, space and time? Is the cosmos without purpose or value? Can we really neglect the sacred and divine?         

Dr McGilchrist has long been interested in the HG approach – and he kindly shared the final draft of The Matter With Things with HG co-founder and Director, Ivan Tyrrell, before it went to press.  In the conversation they recently recorded together, Ivan and Dr McGilchrist discuss the complex and intriguing relationships which exist around and between us, they explore the role that language plays in our lives, they consider how the two hemispheres of the brain can work together in today’s world, and much more ...

You can watch their conversation here.

Find out more:

  • Dr McGilchrist features in the latest edition of The Human Givens Journal.  In a fascinating feature, he tells Editor, Denise Winn, what the functioning of the left and right brain hemispheres can show us about ourselves, mental illness and the cosmos we are a part of.  You can find out more and order your copy here.
  • You might also like to read another interview, in which Iain McGilchrist updates Sue Cheshire on his thinking about the differing roles of the left and right hemispheres of the brain.  This can be found in The Human Givens Journal - Volume 26, No 2, 2019.

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Date posted: 21/04/2022