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Understanding The Matter with Things — Dialogues (29-episode video collection)

+ Selected videos by topic (work in progress)
Iain McGilchrist books and articles

Iain McGilchrist main page

AI World Summit 2022
Iain McGilchrist gives the keynote speech at the AI World Summit, October 2022 in Amsterdam, organised by Inspired Minds. In relation to artificial intelligence, he draws on his latest book, The Matter with Things: Our Brains, Our Delusions and the Unmaking of the World.

Running time 24:48
An Exercise to Balance Your Brain’s Two Hemispheres
In this clip Iain McGilchrist talks about the importance of attention, and why your brain’s hemispheres differ in the way they attend to the world.

Running time 4:28
size=”3″ margin=”30″] Anyone with half a brain can see that!
Iain McGilchrist speaking at TEDxGhent

Running time 19:09
Are We in a War Against Life?
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Rupert Read

Running time 01:44:30
Are the extremist and dogmatic positions in our culture a driving force in the collapse of civilisations?

Running time 2:57
Are we unmaking the world?
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Bonnitta Roy

Running time 01:39:39
Asymmetry and Symmetry
Iain McGilchrist addresses some of the most widely misunderstood ideas about asymmetry and symmetry. Drawing on his latest book, the Matter with Things, he explains how asymmetry is the greater of the two. These are some of the questions he addresses:
• What are the roles of asymmetry and symmetry?
• Where do chaos and order meet?
• What would it be like for our brains to operate in the poetic domain?
• What are examples of asymmetrical and symmetrical things in the natural world?

Running time 28:25
The Arrogance of Your Brain’s Left Hemisphere

Running time 2:13
The Attack On Life and Understanding Our Times
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Mark Vernon

Running time 1:12:14
Attention and Worldview in International Development
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Ameer Shaheed

Running time 01:40:11
Attention as a moral act
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Jonathan Rowson

Running time 01:36:55
Balancing the Brain
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Satish Kumar, founder of Schumacher College at Dartington, Devon, UK

Running time 1:32:52
The Belief That Led to the Two Iraq Wars
Iain McGilchrist talks about the consequences of holding the belief that there is only one way to run a country.

Running time 1:09
Beyond the Mechanistic Conception of Reality
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Philip Goyal

Running time 01:41:19
The Bishop’s Day — Opening address and worship (the first in this series of five videos)
Iain McGilchrist was invited to give a day of talks for the Bishop’s Day for Clergy and Licensed Lay Ministers
Wellbeing in Ministry | Augustine Hall, Augustine House, Canterbury Christ Church University
Audio only. Iain McGilchrist does not speak.

Running time 27:24
The Bishop’s Day | Iain McGilchrist’s first talk (the second in this series of five videos)
Audio only.

Running time 56:04
The Bishop’s Day | Iain McGilchrist’s second talk (the third in this series of five videos)
Audio only.

Running time 58:40
The Bishop’s Day | Iain McGilchrist’s third talk (the fourth in this series of five videos)
Audio only.

Running time 1:02:04
The Bishop’s Day | Iain McGilchrist’s fourth talk (the fifth in this series of five videos)
Audio only.

Running time 57:46
Blake Society Annual Lecture 2016
Blake Society

Running time: 1:02:23

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00:10 Start
11:58 Perception / vision
12:12 Start of the summary of his book
12:27 Left hemisphere
13:42 Right hemisphere
14:19, 15:34 Right hemisphere vs left in perception of reality
20:39 Blake “What Is Man?” – on attention, perception and meaning
22:52 Embodiment (right) vs the discarnate (left) and transfiguration of the world
26:17 The infinite vs limited perception
27:12, 29:44 Time and space – representation / schema (left) and schema vs reality
30:12 Heraclitus and Taoist wisdom
31:18 Time and space in the hemispheres
33:10 The infinite and the imagination
33:57, 34:20 Energy as life, from the body, vs reason as boundary / outward limitation of energy (creative imagination vs mechanistic understanding)
40:23 Implicit vs explicit
46:33 Particular vs general
50:26 Particularity in right hemisphere
52:31 Symmetry
55:28 Blake – mental health, schizophrenia, creativity
59:53 Blake’s sense of humour
1:00:52 Closing tribute “Ah, sunflower…”
Bookmarks created by YouTube contributor Mel K.

The Brain, the Sacred and the Soul
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Thomas Steininger of Evolve

Running time 2:17:35
Brain science, consciousness & God: Is there a master behind our mind?
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Sharon Dirckx
Hosted by Justin Brierley | The Big Conversation | Premier Unbelievable? and John Templeton Foundation

Running time 1:01:39
The Brain’s Left Hemisphere is Literal and Doesn’t Understand Metaphor or Context
Iain McGilchrist talks about why metaphor is in everything we say, and someone with a right hemispheric deficit will find metaphors to be problematic.

Running time 2:02
Bringing the world into being
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with George Holliday
This Mind Of Ours | Episode 5

Runnning time 1:32:36
A Brief Synopsis of The Master and His Emissary

Running time 3:53
The Call to Repair
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Jack Jacobs
Beaconsfield Podcast

Running time 53:18
Can religion meet today’s challenges?
Daniel Schmachtenberger, Iain McGilchrist and John Vervaeke in conversation
This clip is excerpted from a longer conversation between Iain McGilchrist, John Vervaeke and Daniel Schmachtenberger, recorded at Merton College, Oxford, in September 2023. With no planned objective or agenda, the discussion sought to outline the cognitive and spiritual components of the metacrisis — the total ecosystem of all global crises and the common underlying dynamics that generate catastrophic and existential risks.
The conversation can be watched in its entirety here: The psychological drivers of the metacrisis

Running time 4:03
Can we make sense of the cosmos?
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Hilary Lawson
The Institute of Art and Ideas

Running time 17:36
Can we unmake the world we have made?
Iain McGilchrist draws on his most recent book, The Matter with Things and discusses whether we can unmake the world we have made and unknow what we know. This clip is from an upcoming documentary film by Richard Knights.

Running time 6:19
Certainty and Flow
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with David Fuller, founder of Rebel Wisdom (now closed)

Running time 37:29
The Civil Discourse (Season 4)
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Paula Marantz Cohen

Running time 26:45
The Coincidence of Opposites | Part 1: Main Lecture
Speaker: Iain McGilchrist | Introduced by Richard Gault
The Beshara Trust

Running time 1:04:05
The Coincidence of Opposites
Ralston College presents a lecture by Iain McGilchrist followed by a discussion with Dr Stephen Blackwood, founding President of Ralston College, and questions from the audience.

Running time 2:00:45
Comment on the dictum, “It’s not necessary to solve problems, only to understand them.”
A clip from the live Q&A with Iain McGilchrist and members of Channel McGilchrist
Iain McGilchrist makes the distinction between solvable problems and predicaments.

Running time 14:19
Conference Update: Metaphysics and the Matter With Things
California Institute of Integral Studies | The Center for Process Studies
Channel: Footnotes2Plato

Running time 51:18
A Conversation Between Iain McGilchrist and David Bentley Hart

Running time 01:59:45
A Conversation with Iain McGilchrist
Rattle Poetry
Recorded on September 21, 2022, and published in Rattle #78, this conversation is a deep dive into the divided brain, exploring the role the two unique hemispheres play in creativity. We also discuss how the modern world has come to be dominated by the left hemisphere’s narrow focus and how poetry might be an antidote to “the matter with things.”

Running time 01:07:48
A Conversation with Dr. Iain McGilchrist
Iain McGilchrist in conversation wirh Dr. Àlex Gómez-Marín
The Future Scientist series — The Pari Center


Introduction by Jena Axelrod

Why this lecture series

Philosophy and science

The School of Nothing

The structure of science

Forces exerted on research

The split brain hypothesis

PhD students

Retro progression


Science and humanities


Running time 54:08
Daily poetry readings
Over the course of a year during lockdown, Iain McGilchrist uploaded a daily poetry reading on YouTube.
Given that there are 365 readings (audio only), I am not going to include them here.
Please follow this link if you wish to listen to other poems selected and read by Iain McGilchrist.
The final poem in the series appears below.
#365 | Ah, Many, Many are the Dead, by Kathleen Raine

Runtime 2:47
The Dangers of Relying on Your Analytical Intellect Too Much

Running time 4:20
The Dekota Review
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Tyler Henry Waltz
North Dakota State University

Running time 50:49
Dismissed Religion? The Blindness of the Left Hemisphere

Running time 3:36
Diversity & The Creative Brain
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Matthew Syed at Nudgestock 2022. Hosted by advertising agency Ogilvy, Nudgestock is an annual day-long festival where behavioural Scientists, creative minds and marketers unite to confront the toughest human challenges.

Running time 26:12
The Divided Brain
RSA | Animated video

Running time 11:47
Watch the entire lecture (live action)

Running time 32:11
The Divided Brain
A documentary inspired by The Master and his Emissary, featuring Dr. Iain McGilchrist, actor John Cleese, neuroanatomist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor,  pioneering neuroscientist Dr. Michael Gazzaniga, former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, neuroscientist Jurg Kesselring, Aboriginal elder and scientist Dr. Leroy Little Bear, and neuroscientist Onur Güntürkün.
Running time 1:15:0
Rent or buy video | Rent £4.99 | Buy £9.99
The divided brain, attention and how we see the world
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Jon Evans (host of YouTube channel Uncensored CMO and Chief Customer Officer at System1 Group) and Orlando Wood (Chief Innovation Officer at System1 Group)
+ Transcript of the section in which Iain McGilchrist and Jon Evans discuss the creative process
Starts at 19:20 | Ends at 22:10

Iain McGilchrist I think we live in a world which is schematically simple, ridiculously impoverished from a philosophical and emotional point of view as well as a moral point of view, has completely put out of the picture any spiritual value, and I mean that may or may not interest your viewers or listeners, but I happen to think it’s the biggest loss of all, and that in fact it won’t do us any good to push technology further if we don’t have some sense of what we’re doing with that and where we’re heading, some wisdom.

So we we end up in a world where innovation, although we’re always striving for it, becomes less common because creativity depends partly on letting go. One of the most important pieces of advice for anyone who wants to be creative is stop doing whatever it is you think is going to make you creative. Let go, give some space for something to happen, because if you’re crowding it all out with your conscious mind, you’re thinking, you’re talking still all that, get rid of it.

Instead, practice an openness to what is, and this is how things will come to you. They’ll come to you in what psychologists call an aha moment (very original!). An aha moment is that moment when, as it were, a picture comes into focus. So we think we arrive at a conclusion by following logical steps. Almost never has that happened.

In science it’s well known that there is this scientific method, but it’s also well accepted that almost no great findings were ever made by the scientific method, and more often than not, what happened was that a lot of spade work was done, which I call preparation, and then there’s incubation, and then suddenly there is this flowering that comes unbidden, and preparing the ground and then standing back and letting it happen.

It’s like being a gardener. A gardener can’t make a plant, but a gardener can allow the plant to thrive, or stifle it, and if there’s too much going on around it then the plant won’t thrive. So it needs space and if you prepare the ground well, leave it alone, don’t keep digging it up to see how it’s getting on. It won’t improve the progress of the plant. Leave it and then just have trust that something will come. And for a long time it may not, but don’t despair; it will.

Jon Evans This does explain why the brainstorm rarely works, doesn’t it? Because you know you’ve got 60 minutes to come up with a unique idea, but you’re so right, I’d never thought about it before, but that makes sense of how the best ideas I’ve ever come up with have happened. It hasn’t been in following a process. Suddenly a number of different things will all connect together and suddenly form, but it might be quick, it might be slow, it might be involving other people, it might be doing something completely unrelated.

Running time 48:35

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00:00 Intro
01:09 Iain McGilchrist’s background
06:05 Hasn’t the myth of the right and left brain been debunked?
12:48 The changes in society based on right brained dominance
16:36 Are we seeing a left to right brained shift in society today? (No, the reverse — JML)
22:10 How are the big discoveries made?
24:39 How understanding attention could change the world
26:34 How the left and right brains do things differently
29:19 Is attention created by us or the world around us?
31:18 Can we train ourselves to be more right-brained?
35:13 AI asks Iain a question
37:13 How did Orlando Wood connect with Iain McGilchrist?
45:02 Orlando’s most profound piece of Iain’s work

Divided Brain, Divided World
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Rebel Wisdom co-founder David Fuller
Excerpted from the video Certainty and Flow

Running time 4:10
The Divided Brain and Perceiving the Sacred
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Elizabeth Oldfield, The Sacred.

Running time 1:22:39
The Divided Brain – Trailer (2018)

Running time 999
Does using our virtual means of communication appeal more to the left hemisphere of the brain?

Running time 2:08
Does OCD Come From the Brain’s Left Hemisphere?

Running time 0:41
Dominus Illuminatio Mea: Our Brains, Our Delusions, & the Future of the University
Dominus Illuminatio Mea means The Lord is my light
Iain McGilchrist
Ian Ramsey Centre for Science & Religion

Running time 1:19:14
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An Evolutionary Account of Brain Laterality
A lecture given by Iain McGilchrist at the 2nd Symposium of EPSIG, January 2018, London
Royal College of Psychiatrists: Evolutionary psychiatry (EPSIG)

Running time 1:04:23
An Exercise to Balance Your Brain’s Two Hemispheres
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Mark Tyrrell — psychotherapist, hypnotherapist and co-founder of Uncommon Knowledge

Running time 4:28
Finding greater wisdom
Iain McGilchrist draws on his most recent book, The Matter with Things and discusses how we might find greater wisdom. This clip is from an upcoming documentary film by Richard Knights.

Running time 7:43
God as Eternal Becoming
Iain McGilchrist introduced by Andrew M. Davis
This presentation was given at 50th Anniversary Conference of the Center for Process Studies (CPS) at the Claremont United Church of Christ in Claremont, California, USA on 19 February 2023. The event was organized by CPS and co-sponsored by The Cobb Institute, the Institute for Ecological Civilization, and the Institute for the Postmodern Development of China.

Running time 20:44
The Greatness of Pythagoras
Iain McGilchrist talks with Nigel McGilchrist about his new book: When the Dog Speaks, the Philosopher Listens — A Guide to the Greatness of Pythagoras and his Curious Age.

Running time 01:26:17
The Hemisphere lateralisation hypothesis and our approach to basic research
Iain McGilchrist | Chair: Dr. Geoffrey Fucile
The Center for Data Analytics at the University of Basel

Running time 40:51
The lecture was followed by a panel discussion with Prof. Cristina Granziera, a neurologist and neuroscientist in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Prof. Philipp Sterzer, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist in the Department of Clinical Research.

Running time 58:47
Hemispheric Asymmetry and the Approach to the Divine
Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion

Running time 46:18
A Holistic Response to Cultural Decline
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Luke Martin
Creed & Culture series

Running time 46:04
How Education and Government are Suffering From the Loss of the Right Hemisphere

Running time 15:51
How is it that the right hemisphere relinquishes its role as master?
“Are there errors particular to the right hemisphere? Is it always willing for example and how is it that it relinquishes its role as master?” A question from a live Q&A session with Iain McGilchrist and members of Channel McGilchrist.

Running time 6:18
How Might We Reimagine Education for Wisdom Development?
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Daniel Schmachtenberger and John Vervaeke
Excerpted from The Psychological Drivers of the Metacrisis

Running time 13:35
How Might Wisdom Bind Power?
John Vervaeke, Iain McGilchrist and Daniel Schmachtenberger
Excerpted from The Psychological Drivers of the Metacrisis

Running time 7:52
How Our Brains Turned Fools Woke | Heretics 33
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Andrew Gold, host of Heretics channel

Running time 1:11:11
How the Analytical View of the Left Hemisphere Can Cut You Off From Life

Running time 3:30
How the brain works
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Jack Light

Running time 01:04:59
How the Left Hemisphere Puts People Into Categories
Iain McGilchrist discusses how the brain’s left hemisphere puts people into categories. He also discusses the differences between Capgras’ and Fregoli’s Syndromes and what they tell us about the right hemisphere.

Running time 6:32
How the Right and Left Hemispheres Understand Religion Differently
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Mark Tyrrell, co-founder of Uncommon Knowledge

Running time 3:08
How Trust Has Been Eroded in Society
Iain McGilchrist discusses how responsibility has been taken away from individuals in society, and why this has led to an erosion of trust.

Running time 5:23
How Ultra-Capitalism Destroys Meaning and Damages People
Iain McGilchrist discusses the impact capitalism has on our society and the individual.

Running time 6:07
How we can learn to get the right hemisphere back and change our world

Running time 4:25
How Your Brain’s Hemispheres REALLY Differ
Iain McGilchrist discusses how your brain’s two hemispheres differ, why two hemispheres are needed, and why they are kept separate.

Running time 3:39

Iain McGilchrist Videos Complete

Titles from A to H

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Understanding The Matter with Things — Dialogues
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Iain McGilchrist’s YouTube channel2

Left-brain thinking will destroy civilisation | Transcript of a conversation between Iain McGilchrist and Freddie Sayers, Executive Editor of UnHerd, on UnHerd website

Left Brain & Right Brain: 20 Brain Hemisphere Differences from “The Master and His Emissary” on Sloww.co website

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Creative imagination at work

How Newcreators use mind, body and spirit to create the new and enrich the world

Iain McGilchrist and his hemisphere theory

The tonal and the nagual (the tonal corresponds with the left hemisphere and the nagual corresponds with the right)

Two forms of imagination: creative and synthetic

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