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The Coincidence of Opposites with Dr Iain McGilchrist

The shapes in which we think are at least as important as the words we use. The tyranny of the straight line in modern Western thought leads us to misunderstand, amongst other things, the nature of what we call opposites, which ultimately tend to coincide.

In this talk Iain McGilchrist will explore the ‘coincidentia oppositorum’, which is well-known in the wisdom literature from around the world, and will point to some of its far-reaching consequences.

Dr Iain McGilchrist is a Quondam Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, an Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford, a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and former Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director at the Bethlem Royal & Maudsley Hospital, London. He has been a Research Fellow in neuroimaging at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore and a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Stellenbosch.

Iain has published original articles and research papers in a wide range of publications on topics in literature, philosophy, medicine and psychiatry. He is the author of a number of books, but is best-known for The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World (Yale 2009). His book on neuroscience, epistemology and ontology called The Matter with Things: Our Brains, Our Delusions and the Unmaking of the World, was published in November 2021.

Tickets: 15 for an invitation on Zoom



Saturday 12 November 2022


London Time
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm





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