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Dr Iain McGilchrist: ‘School of Nothing Buttery’ via ZOOM

13 October, 2020.7:30 pm-9:00 pm

Dr Iain McGilchrist talks about the negative impact of extreme reductionism at the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre

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School of Nothing Buttery

Tuesday 13th October 2020. 7.30pm until 9.00pm. £5 online via ZOOM.


There is a strong reductionist element in popular science and some brands of philosophy which presents itself as speaking for science and the thinking person.  It doesn’t.  As a mode of approach to the world it is severely limited, enabling us to exploit the world while putting us in a poor position to understand what it is we are in the process of destroying.  This take on the world is in fact the product of being blind to what the more intelligent and insightful part of our mind and brain is able to tell us.

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About the Speaker

Dr Iain McGilchrist

Author of ‘The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World’

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 Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study.  He 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), and is currently working on a book of epistemology and ontology for Penguin Random House.  He lives on the Isle of Skye, and has 2 daughters and a son.

Find more about Iain McGilchrist here.

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13 October, 2020
7:30 pm-9:00 pm
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The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre
25 Palmerston Place
Edinburgh, EH12 5AP United Kingdom


The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre
0131 625 0700


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