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An Evening with Iain McGilchrist & N.T. Wright

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God and the Asymmetry of the Brain: A Lecture by Iain McGilchrist, followed by conversation with N.T. Wright, and audience Q&A.

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Why is the brain divided into two hemispheres?

Can the problems of today’s world be explained by an imbalance between the two sides? In his book, The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World, psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist argues yes. He claims that the left hemisphere of the brain is gradually colonising our experiences of the world with potentially disastrous implications.

Readers ranging from Rowan Williams to John Cleese have called McGilchrist’s controversial book one of the most important of the last generation. Renowned biblical scholar N.T. Wright, in his 2011 inaugural professorial lecture at St Andrews, cited McGilchrist’s claim to make sense of how and why we struggle to understand the Bible.

This September, the School of Divinity is pleased to welcome McGilchrist to present, God and the Asymmetry of the Brain, followed by an exchange with Wright, and audience Q&A. Wine reception follows.

Dr Iain McGilchrist is a former Fellow of All Souls 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 was a Research Fellow in neuroimaging at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, and a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Stellenbosch. He is author of The Master and His Emissary, among other works. He lives on the Isle of Skye.

N.T. Wright is research professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at St Mary’s College in St Andrews. He was formerly Bishop of Durham, and before that worked in both academy (Cambridge, McGill, Oxford) and church (Dean of Lichfield, Canon of Westminster). He has written over 80 books and hundreds of articles, and has broadcast frequently on radio and TV. He and his wife, Maggie, have four adult children and five grandchildren.

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