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Human Nature and the Divided Brain

Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Larry Arnn

In this episode of The Larry Arnn Show, Hillsdale College President Larry P. Arnn interviews psychologist and philosopher Iain McGilchrist. The two discuss McGilchrist’s work on the divided brain and how it relates to man’s search for meaning. Later, McGilchrist summarizes his career and his unique approach to address the world’s growing totalitarian streak.

Running time 1:13:06

Your Control Freak Left Brain

Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Rabbi Adam Jacobs

Adam Jacobs is the host of Feed Your Head, a Substack on philosophy, science, spirituality and the arts with 10,000+ subscribers.

Running time 45:36


Asymmetrical Reconciliation

Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Andrea Hiott

This engaging conversation delves deep into the philosophical and neurological exploration of asymmetry, flow, and the unity within the diversity of existence. Through the metaphor of a whirlpool, the intricate dance between differentiation and integration within consciousness and existence is discussed. Beginning with the enchanting metaphor of a whirlpool as emblematic of life’s flow and transient nature, participants ponder how limitations and resistances give birth to beauty and form, tying this seamlessly to human existence. They explore the significance of asymmetry in the brain, the importance of intuition, imagination, and the dangers of a narcissistically driven society dominated by left-hemisphere thinking. The discussion touches on themes of poetry, nature, the sacred, and ultimately, the interconnectedness of life, suggesting that recognizing and embracing these connections enriches our understanding and experience of the world. The conversation sensitively concludes with reflections on life, death, and the perpetual influence of our existence on the flow of the universal consciousness.

Relative to Dr McGilchrist’s work, in this video we discuss the coincidence of opposites, William Blake’s ladder as a spiral and its significance. We explore flow as asymmetry & the whirlpool of unity that is existence. We ultimately relate this to the power of poetry to touch us in wholeness without saying oppositions directly — we discuss his poetry series during Covid and the beautiful first and last poems of that series by the wonderful Kathleen Raine. It becomes a very moving and powerful conversation and I am very thankful for it. – Andrea Hiott

Andrea Hiott is a philosopher who advises various organizations such as Holon Labs and the Active Inference Institute. She is an author of numerous books linking mind and movement, and has long worked in areas of mobility. She is part of the Ecological Motoring Initiative, an organization which tries to imagine what forms of motoring and movement can meet the needs of the living planet within its means. She did her undergraduate work on Hegel and David Bohm. She has a Master degree in Neuroscience and her PhD is on Way-making, a new philosophy of mind. She is also the host of the Love & Philosophy series, Beyond Dichotomy, Forever Motoring, and the Desirable Unknown.

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Running time 1:17:13

A Medicine More Fit for Humanity

2024 John P McGovern Lecture, Duke University, USA

We live in an age in which we cede more and more of life to machines, raising questions for the practice of medicine.

  • What is the calling of medicine?
  • Is it not to heal human beings?
But what does it mean to heal?

  • Is a human being just a body?
  • Is the body just a machine?
  • Is a doctor just a mechanic?
  • Can machines substitute for human skill?
  • Can they erode human skill?
  • How should we think of death?
  • What, after all, is a good life?
It’s unlikely we would all agree on the answers to these questions, but they do all need to be asked. And understanding the role played by lateralization in brain function may guide us towards what are at least better answers to these pressing questions.

Running time 1:29:49

The Paradox Of Consciousness

Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Joseph Newton from the Freedom Pact podcast

Running time 10:37

The Paradox of Living, Finding Awe, and The Drivers of The Mental Health Crisis

Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Joseph Newton from the Freedom Pact podcast

Running time 1:04:16


0:00:00 Hemispheric differences
0:08:30 The epidemic of mental illness
0:13:58 Biohacking, death and finding meaning
0:30:40 Meditate on your mortality
0:40:45 Don’t make beautiful things explicit
0:46:00 Know thyself or find flow?
0:53:30 What to do If you feel lost, hopeless and depressed
1:01:45 Connect with Iain McGilchrist

Theology, Art, and the Whole Brain: A Conversation

Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Jeremy Begbie, Director, Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts

Running time 1:02:23

Surviving the Future: The Deeper Dive

Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Shaun Chamberlin

Shaun Chamberlin (pictured) is an author, activist, educator, and leader of Sterling College’s 10-week Surviving the Future program.

Shaun Chamberlin
Running time 1:35:39

We must break the spell of the machine

Iain McGilchrist in conversation with John Bell, The Conciliators Guild, on Civilization and the Divided Mind

Running time 1:19:28


0:00:00 Hubris
0:01:36 Introduction
0:04:35 Brain hemisphere differences
0:12:16 The world of the left hemisphere
0:23:28 The left hemisphere’s war on life
0:30:02 Bureaucratic totalitarianism
0:38:49 Civilizations in balance
0:49:28 Circularity and the coincidence of opposites
0:56:39 The Enlightenment and the Romantics
1:05:20 A return to the sacred
1:11:41 Civilizational suicide
1:17:56 Outro


A Divided Brain and an Addicted World: The Missing Link?

Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Niall McKeever

The Weekend University

Running Time 01:07:51


0:00:00 Intro
0:00:38 Decline of civilization’s roots
0:16:20 Left hemisphere’s Impact on society
0:24:17 Spirituality and meaning in society
0:36:20 Left hemisphere’s grip: addiction and control
0:44:35 Values, beauty, and mental well-being
1:00:54 Finding hope in Iain McGilchrist’s insights

Understanding the Brain, Society, and the Meaning of Life

Iain McGilchrist in conversation with John Anderson

In this interview, John speaks with Iain McGilchrist about the differences between the left and right hemispheres of the brain and their impact on our perception and interaction with the world. Iain explains that the left hemisphere focuses on details and immediate tasks, while the right hemisphere maintains a broad, vigilant awareness of the environment. He discusses how modern society overemphasizes the left hemisphere’s functions, leading to a loss of meaning, beauty, and wisdom. Iain highlights the negative consequences of this imbalance, such as bureaucratic thinking and the decline of individual freedoms. He stresses the importance of rediscovering a sense of the sacred, connecting with nature, and fostering compassionate relationships to restore balance and fulfillment in life. The interview concludes with Iain emphasizing that genuine happiness comes from these connections rather than material acquisitions, offering a profound insight into leading a meaningful life.

Running time 56:01


Hemispheric Lateralisation, Relationality, Being

Iain McGilchrist in conversation with Darius Parvizi-Wayne, Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London.

Active Inference Institute | Active Inference Insights 023

For this special episode of Active Inference Insights, Darius Parvizi-Wayne is joined by psychiatrist, philosopher and literary scholar, Iain McGilchrist. Dr McGilchrist is best known for his account of the bilateral brain and the impact of hemispheric specialisation on personal, lived experience, as well as the unfolding of cultural epochs. In today’s episode, Darius and Dr McGilchrist discuss the nature of attention, the primacy of relationality, consciousness and its connection to matter, as well as much more. We [Active Inference Institute] apologise for the moments in which the audios overlapped. No rudeness was intended; unfortunately, the WiFi was erratic at times, leading to such audio issues.

Running time 1:59:20

Mind, Metaphysic and Meaning

Iain McGilchrist, Mark Solms and Hyman Schipper in conversation

In this instalment, we explore the insights of three brilliant minds. Dr. Iain McGilchrist, renowned psychiatrist and author, delves into the impact of hemispheric specialization on perception, culture, and society. Professor Mark Solms, a pioneering neuroscientist and psychoanalyst, uncovers the neural foundations of consciousness, emotion, and the unconscious mind. Professor Hyman Schipper, a distinguished philosopher and metaphysician, brings a unique perspective with his research in metaphysics, oxidative stress, brain aging, and neurodegenerative diseases. Join us as we journey through their profound contributions to understanding the nature of reality and existence. – Philosophy Babble, The Great Minds Series

Running time 1:49:22

What is our culture preventing us from seeing?

IaIn McGilchrist in conversation with Kenny Primrose, host of The Examined Life Podcast

The Examined Life website

Running time 1:10:42

Iain McGilchrist Videos Complete

Located elsewhere on this website, Iain McGilchrist Videos Complete provides easy access to every free-to-view video featuring Dr. Iain McGilchrist. The 260+ videos are spread across four pages in alphabetical order.

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Channel McGilchrist: a membership platform established by Iain McGilchrist and Mary Attwood, enabling its members to explore, discuss and expand on McGilchrist’s theory of how the brain’s hemispheres differ in the way they attend to the world and how each hemisphere contributes in its own way to perception, thought and behaviour.

Iain McGilchrist — Wikipedia

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

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