Iain McGilchrist Videos Compelete

Iain McGilchrist Videos Complete provides easy access to (almost) every free-to-view video featuring Dr. Iain McGilchrist. The 200+ videos are spread across four pages alphabetically as indicated below.

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

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Personal reflections on a sacred text
Shira Nayman Psy.D talks to Iain McGilchrist about the sacred. This interview is part of a larger interfaith project exploring personal relationships with sacred texts. Shira Nayman interviews scholars, religious leaders, and lay people, across a variety of faith traditions, exploring the ways in which a specific, sacred text has had a significant impact on their lives. Shira Nayman, Psy.D. is a psychologist and author of Awake in the Dark and other books. Visit her website

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Perspectives on the Nature of Reality to Inform Systemic Change
Chair: Dr. Ameer Shaheed. Host: Tuuli Utriainen. Speaker: Iain McGilchrist
IdeaSquare innovation space, CERN, Switzerland, 8 May 2023
The event was hosted in conjunction with Terraforming, a CERN IdeaSquare pilot course designed to equip students with big-scale systems thinking and societal change abilities.

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Philosophy of our Time
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Hilary Lawson
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Pre-order The Matter with Things by Dr Iain McGilchrist

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The Problem with Rationalistic Arguments
Iain McGilchrist discusses society’s dependence on explicit discourse when conveying its messages with rationalistic arguments, and what this means when taking into account the roles of the brain’s hemispheres.

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The Psychological Drivers of the Metacrisis — Trailer
Iain McGilchrist, Daniel Schmachtenberger and John Vervaeke in conversation
See next item for more information.

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The Psychological Drivers of the Metacrisis
“This is a 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 metacrisis is the total ecosystem of all global crises and the common underlying dynamics that generate catastrophic and existential risks.

This is neither a comprehensive theory of the topic, nor an approach to addressing it. The conversation was simply an opportunity to explore in real time how the speakers, with their different worldviews and pre-existing frameworks, would approach this deep and challenging domain. As Iain, John and Daniel all happened to be in Oxford with availability on a single afternoon, they had not discussed or prepared the approach at any significant length in advance. As a result, a shared understanding emerges only towards the very end of the film. The content is incomplete and partial, and should be viewed as a potential entry point to a far deeper conversation (which may or may not be recorded at a later date).

Meaningful communication between two large bodies of work can take time, and becomes exponentially harder with three. This inherent challenge was understood in advance, but given the fundamental multipolarity of the dynamics of the metacrisis itself, it felt like a challenge worth accepting.”

You can download a complete transcript here (pdf).

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0:00:00 Introduction
0:08:26 McGilchrist’s Opening Thoughts
0:21:21 Vervaeke’s Opening Thoughts
0:40:41 Distinctions for an Ontology of a Meaningful Universe
1:08:15 The Challenges of Binding Power with Wisdom
1:57:49 Can we Imagine a Civilization with the Wisdom to Steward Exponential Power?
2:39:04 The Problem of Scale
2:59:00 Reimagining Education for the Cultivation of Wisdom
3:14:23 Closing Thoughts

Videos featuring excerpts from this conversation:

Recovering our Humanity — Excerpt from Lecture (shorter version)

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Recovering our Humanity — Excerpt from Lecture (longer version)

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Reflections on Iain McGilchrist’s The Matter with Things
This online event celebrated one year since the publication of The Matter with Things. The video begins with an in-depth interview with Jonathan Rowson from Perspectiva Press, the book’s publisher, followed by reflections from Mary Attwood, Sharon Dirckx, Alex Gómez-Marín, Jürg Kesselring, David Lorimer and Martin Rossor. The event was hosted by The Pari Center in conjunction with Channel McGilchrist, Perspectiva, The Scientific and Medical Network, and The Arthur Conan Doyle Centre.
Pari Center Anniversary event

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Responses to The Master and His Emissary
This clip was kindly donated by the makers of ‘The Divided Brain’ movie.

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A Revolution in Attention: perceptual awakening in Iain McGilchrist’s work
A talk by Dr Mark Vernon with commentary from Iain McGilchrist

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A Revolution in Thought?
Iain McGilchrist talks about how hemisphere theory helps us understand the metacrisis
Host: Dr. Michael Rands, Master of Darwin College, University of Cambridge
Darwin College Lecture Series

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Right Brain, Creativity, and Meaning in Life
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman
The Psychology Podcast

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Right – Left Brain Worldviews and the Kabbalah
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Hyman Schipper
Jewish General Hospital, McGill University

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The role of consciousness in nature
Consciousness, Life and the Cosmos
Essentia Foundation‘s Natalia Vorontsova interviews Iain McGilchrist about The Matter with Things and the role of consciousness in nature

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The role of consciousness in nature: Part 2
Consciousness, Science and the Nature of Existence

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The Sacred Obligation Motivated by Beauty
Iain McGilchrist, John Vervaeke and Daniel Schmachtenberger in conversation

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Schizophrenia and the modern world

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The School of Nothing Buttery
Part 1: The dangers of a mechanistic philosophy
The School of Nothing Buttery is a set of clips taken from an Iain McGilchrist talk with this name, held at the The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre. In this clip, he discusses the dangers of a mechanistic philosophy and how this affects the way we view the world.

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The School of Nothing Buttery
Part 2: Three examples of how damaging our current way of thinking is
Iain McGilchrist continues on the topic of mechanistic philosophy, giving three examples of how damaging our current way of thinking is

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The School of Nothing Buttery
Part 3: Matter and consciousness

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The School of Nothing Buttery
Part 4: Q&A session

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Science vs Philosophy
Iain McGilchrist Meets Sir Philip Pullman, Part 1
Philip Pullman’s novels are a testament to the power of the human imagination and a celebration of our capacity for wonder. It is an unmissable conversation for anyone who feels disenchanted with the contemporary way of living and seeks a richer, more humanitarian, more enlightened way of being.

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‘Magic’ and our brains
Iain McGilchrist Meets Sir Philip Pullman, Part 2

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The Self, Consciousness, Jung, Jesus
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Curt Jaimungal
“You are one of the best interviewers that I’ve come across.” —Iain McGilchrist
Theories of Everything with Curt Jaimungal
Edited by Antonio Pastore

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00:00:00 Introduction
00:01:59 Conspectus of “Master and his Emissary” (Iain’s Weltanschauung)
00:09:59 What is meaning?
00:12:44 On writing a 1,000 page book, and developing your own worldview
00:16:19 Why is God sometimes associated with “becoming” and not “being”?
00:17:46 How does the mind “bring the world about” rather than observe it?
00:21:44 Existence needs resistance
00:25:07 Nietzschean story of the Emissary, and the left-brain being contemptuous of the right
00:29:46 Not wanting a master, speaking to oneself, and evil
00:32:42 On “boredom” and the realness of time (“even God cannot exist without time”)
00:36:21 Why the “arrow of time” in physics? (some thoughts on Bergson)
00:40:18 On Henri Bergson and flow vs slices of time
00:43:52 Language is like money (the “meaning” of language)
00:47:26 Music / painting / the arts be made explicit in language
00:49:49 “Metaphor is a cure by language for the ills entailed by language”
00:52:24 Reason is related to embodiment
00:56:43 Is “logic” universal? Would aliens develop them in the same manner?
00:59:05 Fantasy vs Imagination: “Original” isn’t newness, but going back to the “origin”
01:03:02 The more we’re authentic, the more we’re the same
01:04:10 How can something both “be” and “not be” simultaneously
01:05:33 Wissen vs Kennen (knowledge)
01:06:52 On schizophrenia
01:17:55 Non-rhythmic music (right brained) vs rhythmic music (left brain)
01:23:04 Longing vs wanting (unification vs division)
01:26:52 Should you engage with the world or disengage?
01:31:20 The meaning of having “no self”
01:33:28 Identifying psychological structures neurologically (ego = left hemisphere?)
01:35:52 Utilitarianism, objective morals, and the left-hemisphere
01:39:43 On Daniel Dennett’s “Consciousness Explained”
01:42:39 Writing a book about the right-brain, using your left-brain
01:46:22 Mindfulness is similarly “objective” like the schizophrenic mind?
01:50:03 Mixing the left and the right brain (coherent but incompatible)
01:54:15 Does consciousness reside in the left or right hemisphere?
01:59:30 The world is not made out of “things”
02:03:26 Solving the “never step in the same river twice” paradox, with “being”
02:05:18 Reason / rationality in their extremes demonstrate their own limitations
02:11:56 Measuring intelligence via inhibitory neurons, rather than encephalization
02:12:47 Jung and McGilchrist (Sam Ford)
02:18:42 “Substitution effect” and its impact to the imbalance between right / left brain in the West (Joanne Dong)
02:20:57 The left / right distinction is a left phenomenon? (Ciaran Dudley)
02:26:34 Left / right hemispheres mapping onto the left / right political spectrum?
02:30:17 Reason vs rationality
02:32:10 The right brain should be paramount, according to Jesus?
02:34:01 How can something be more important than reason? Isn’t that self defeating?
02:37:05 How can we “transcend utility”? On the hierarchy of goals / needs
02:40:15 On Chomsky and Objective Truth (Diego J. Pinto)
02:47:58 On Douglas Hofstadter’s analogy book “Surfaces and Essences”
02:52:05 Thinking of time as a resource is a destructive idea (eg. “time is wasted”)

Should we pursue meaningful goals to make ourselves happier?
This clip is from a recent monthly question and answer session where Dr McGilchrist answers questions submitted by members of Channel McGilchrist. Here is the full text of the question submitted by a Channel McGilchrist member: ”‘The meaning of life is just to be alive.’ – Alan Watts (pictured below, on left). Should we be pursuing meaningful goals in order to make ourselves happier?”
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Society’s Loss of Wisdom & Why We Need Both Hemispheres of the Brain
Iain McGilchrist explains how each hemisphere of the brain deals with uncertainty.

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The Three Overarching Relationships That We’re Losing Today
Iain McGilchrist talks in some depth about meaning, and how the brain’s hemispheres look for meaning in different ways. He also discusses the nature of relationships – and not ‘things’ – as our reality, which is a theme from his new book.

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There are no things, only processes
Excerpted from The Matter with Things: Peterson and McGilchrist

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Todd Pringle, Michael Robinson and Iain McGilchrist in Discussion
Todd Pringle, PhD is the co-founder of the Crosswinds Institute. Michael Robinson, PhD is a Professor of Psychology at North Dakota State University

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Turning the Tide | Symposia, Episode 1
Sebastian Morello, senior editor at The European Conservative, travels to Scotland’s Isle of Skye to meet Iain McGilchrist

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Understanding The Matter with Things — Dialogues

A set of 29 videos in which Dr. Iain McGilchrist and Dr. Àlex Gómez-Marín explore, chapter by chapter, McGilchrist’s latest book The Matter with Things.

Dr Iain McGilchrist and Dr Àlex Gómez-Marín
Dr. Àlex Gómez-Marín is a Spanish physicist turned neuroscientist. Combining high-resolution experiments, computational and theoretical biology, and continental philosophy, his latest research concentrates on real-life cognition and consciousness.

The 29 videos can be viewed at a dedicated page of this website. Shortcuts below.


1. The introduction
2. Attention
3. Perception
4. Judgment
5. Apprehension
6. Emotional & Social Intelligence
7. Cognitive Intelligence
8. Creativity
9. Schizophrenia & Autism
10. What is truth?
11. Science’s claims on truth
12. The science of life
13. Institutional science & truth
14. Reason’s claims on truth
15. Reason’s progeny
16. Logical paradox
17. Intuition’s claims on truth
18. The untimely demise of intuition
19. Intuition, imagination and unveiling
20. The coincidentia oppositorum
21. The one and the many
22. Time
23. Flow and movement
24. Space and matter
25. Matter and consciousness
26. Value
27. Purpose, life, nature of the cosmos
28. The sense of the sacred
29. Epilogue

The Value of Guilt, Shame and Sadness
Iain McGilchrist discusses the importance of shame and guilt in a functioning society.

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Valueception: What does it mean to ‘see’ value?
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Zak Stein
Read about valueception

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We are living in a deluded world
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with UnHerd executive editor Freddie Sayers

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View edited transcript on UnHerd website
We Need to Act
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Rebel Wisdom co-founder David Fuller

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What Ancient Cultures Knew About Our Minds and We’ve Forgotten
Iain McGilchrist considers why so many people in the world have intuited that they have two minds, and the part mythology and ancient culture played in our understanding of the mind.

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What are the limits of logic? (Excerpt)
The Institute of Arts and Ideas
A favourite debate from 2014: Logicians don’t rule the world or get the most done. If we abandon the straightjacket of rationality might this lead to a more powerful and exciting future, or is it a heresy that leads to madness?
Simon Blackburn is a Cambridge philosopher and vice-president of the British Humanist Association, his books include Truth, Ruling Passions and Practical Tortoise Raising
Beatrix Campbell is a socialist and feminist activist and writer, Beatrix Campbell has written for the Guardian, New Statesman and Red Rag, as well as nine books including this year’s The End of Equality.
Watch the debate in full at https://iai.tv/video/the-limits-of-logic (six-part set: The limits of logic: is rationality slowing progress?)

Running time 10:08Shahidha Bari, Iain McGilchrist, Beatrix Campbell, Simon Blackburn

What Brain Damage Can Teach You About Your Own Brain
Iain McGilchrist explains the importance of brain deficit literature in understanding the function of our brain.

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What Happened to the Soul?
In the latest event in the RSA (Royal Society of Arts) series on spirituality in the 21st century, psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist considers the status of the soul. Once considered the most important part, indeed the whole purpose, of a human life – has science has now rendered the idea of the soul irretrievably redundant? If so, what have we lost?

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What is Consciousness?
In this clip Iain McGilchrist discusses humanity’s place in the universe, and consciousness

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What relationship, if any, is there between conscious matter and reincarnation?
This clip is from Dr Iain McGilchrist’s monthly question and answer session, where Dr McGilchrist answers questions submitted by members of Channel McGilchrist. Hereis the question asked in this video: “What relationship, if any, is there between conscious matter and reincarnation? Could panpsychism help us contend with death?”

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What the Frontal Lobes of Your Brain Do
The frontal lobes take up 38% of human brain mass, but what do they do? Iain McGilchrist explains their importance here.

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Where Anger, Frustration and Irritation Come From
Iain McGilchrist discusses the ‘stickiness’ of our brain’s hemispheres, and why anger lateralizes in the left hemisphere.

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Where Denial, Self Deception and Rationalization Come From
Iain McGilchrist discusses denial and self deception, including an example detailed in The Master and His Emissary of a patient in denial over paralysis in their arm following a right hemisphere stroke.

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Where Sadness and Sorrow Come From
Iain McGilchrist discusses sorrow and anger, and the link between sadness and empathy.

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Why Are We So Miserable When We’re So Affluent and ‘Free’?
Continuing with the discussion on meaning, Iain McGilchrist considers the impact religion and our social connections have on our health, happiness, and fulfillment.

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Why Criticism of Literature May Lock You Out of its Deeper Meanings
Iain McGilchrist discusses the effect of analysing the implicit meaning of literature in order to attempt to give it an explicit meaning.

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Why Equality and Fairness are Not the Same Thing

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Why Everything You Think You Know About the Brain’s Hemispheres is Wrong
Much of the popular mythology around the purposes of the brain’s hemispheres involves rigid lists of what each hemisphere does, for example often the left brain is perceived to be logical and the right brain is imaginative. Iain McGilchrist explains why this view is out of date and wrong, and explains how to understand how our brain’s hemispheres do things differently.

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Why High Self Esteem is a Hallmark of the Psychopath
Iain McGilchrist discusses why the drive to have high self esteem failed in the 1980s, and why high self esteem is a hallmark of the psychopath.

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Why Identity Politics is the Left Hemisphere Gone Too Far
Talking more on equality, Iain McGilchrist gives an example of a situation when something ‘fair’ is not ‘equal’. The discussion continues onto identity politics, and why they brain’s right hemisphere is a better judge of a person than the left hemisphere.

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Why Insanity is NOT Irrational, But Hyper-Rational Instead

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Why Our Pursuit of Meaning is Going Wrong
Iain McGilchrist discusses the role the media has increasingly played in our pursuit of meaning.

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Why Psychosis is a Left Hemisphere Dominant Condition
Iain McGilchrist discusses why a depressed person may become over empathic, and why psychosis is a left hemisphere dominant condition.

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Why Reasonableness Beats Rationality Every Time
In this clip Iain McGilchrist discusses rationality, and why very often it takes both of our brain’s hemispheres to balance rationality with reasonableness.

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Why Science Needs to Be More Open Minded
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with with Mark Tyrrell
Mark Tyrrell is co-founder of Uncommon Knowledge. Read about Mark Tyrrell
In this excerpt from a Q&A session from Channel McGilchrist, Mark Tyrrell asks Dr Iain McGilchrist a question from a subscriber: “Hello Dr. McGilchrist, I have noticed that you have professional affiliations with people who might be perceived as being on the fringes of science or perhaps pseuadoscience (I am thinking of NLP and hypnosis). I am not saying that I have no respect for alternative treatments, (indeed your work has helped me to see how mainstream medicine can often get things dreadfully wrong in the name of being ‘right’). However, I am curious how you approach these sort of unorthodox treatments and the choice of whether to be publicly associated with them.”

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Why the Social Justice Movement No Longer has Anything to Do With Empathy
Iain McGilchrist discusses how society deals with social issues, and why adopting a left hemispheric approach when trying to help marginalised people and groups is not empathic.

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Why Traditional Treatments for Schizophrenia Worked
In this clip Iain McGilchrist discusses why traditional treatments – and in particular activities involving using the hands – are effective when treating schizophrenia patients.

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Why Unrealistic Optimism is a Feature of the Brain’s Left Hemisphere
Why does a person with left hemispheric brain deficit tend hold unreal optimism about things they can’t be optimistic about? Iain McGilchrist discusses this, and why left hemispheric stroke recovery is much easier than right hemisphere stroke recovery.

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Why We Have Been Weaned Off Life Itself
Iain McGilchrist discusses panpsychism and why devitalizing things is the way of schizophrenia, and where this fits into the modern world.

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Why We’re Losing Our Most Important Source of Wisdom
The discussion turns to storytelling as a source of wisdom, and the effect changes in the way we tell stories has on our generation.

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Why WHAT We Say is Less Important Than HOW We Say It

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Why You Lose 70% of Your Brain Before You’re Born
Iain McGilchrist talks about the importance of inhibition for the proper functioning of the brain, and why you lose 70% of your brain’s neurons before you are born.

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Why You Really Do Have Two Brains in Your Head
Iaiin McGilchrist discusses how our brain hemispheres have different goals and aims, and why each hemisphere has its own ‘personality’.

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Will Beharrell from the Fathom Trust Interviews Dr Iain McGilchrist
Watch video on Channel McGilchrist
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Wisdom as a Harmony of Opposites
Iain McGilchrist discusses the importance of cooperation and competition in nature and life.

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Wisdom, Nature and the Brain
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Nate Hagens
The Great Simplification #85

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The Wisdom Of Intuition | Modern Wisdom Podcast 455
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Chris Williamson

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00:00 Intro
00:22 Common Threads in Iain’s Work
09:00 Society’s Lack of Intuition
13:43 Defining Wisdom
18:45 Cognition v Intuition
31:59 Left & Right Sides of the Brain
36:52 Functionality of Brain Sections
51:50 Optimism for the Future
58:54 Our Moral Obligations
1:01:27 Where to Find Iain

The wisdom traditions
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Muhammed Foulds
Muhammed Foulds is a biologist, human ecologist and historian specialising in the study of nature connectedness, Cosmometry and biogeometry and its connection to Divine Order.

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Wonder and Enchantment
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Patrick Curry

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The world is not a problem
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Dougald Hine

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Your Brain When Depressed
Iain McGilchrist considers the difference between sorrow and depression.

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Your Control Freak Left Brain
Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Rabbi Adam Jacobs
Feed Your Head

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Iain McGilchrist Videos Complete

Titles from A to H

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Understanding The Matter with Things — Dialogues
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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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