Date(s) - February 10, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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On February 10, 2016 at 12 pm, Iain McGilchrist will dialogue with moderator Iwan Russell-Jones, Krish Kandiah, and Carolyn Arends on the nature of the brain’s two hemispheres, their role in shaping our consciousness and our culture, and the need for more paradox, metaphor, and narrative in how we analyze the world around us. Watch the live webcast from the Redux webpage.
Iain McGilchrist’s book The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World explores the nature of the brain’s two hemispheres, their relationship to one another, and their role in shaping our consciousness and our culture.
The effective functioning of the brain—and by extension, of society as a whole—is subject to a delicate balance between the two hemispheres’ distinct ways of interpreting the world. But over the past few centuries, states McGilchrist, we have favoured the left hemisphere’s rational, fact-driven, information-heavy approach at the expense of the right hemisphere’s emphasis on metaphor, paradox, nuance, and context.
What are some of the implications of this imbalance? How do we go about redressing it? And what can theology contribute to this conversation?