19th August 2020 | Live Stream

Why is the brain so clearly and profoundly divided? The difference between right and left hemispheres has been puzzled over for centuries.

We now know the left hemisphere is detail-oriented, prefers mechanisms to living things, and is inclined to self-interest, where the right hemisphere has greater breadth, flexibility and generosity. 

And yet, despite the left hemisphere’s inferior grasp of reality, why is it increasingly taking precedence in the modern world, with potentially disastrous consequences?

Join us on the 19th August as Consultant Psychiatrist, author, and former fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, Dr Iain McGilchrist takes us on a fascinating exploration of the differences between the brain's right and left hemispheres and their effects on society, history and culture. He'll tell the story of the divided brain and the making of the Western world.

Iain will be in conversation with Salon’s Juliet Russell before we open up to your questions - LIVE.

You can get membership to Channel McGilchrist here and watch his documentary The Divided Brain free on Amazon Prime or it's available on Vimeo here.

This Salon is free and open to all as part of our commitment to get us together with big ideas in lockdown but if you would like to support, please consider making a £5 donation below to help keep our speakers in cake or buy Iain’s book The Master and His Emissary from us below. Alternatively, become a member and get unlimited access to all Salon events, live and online, across the year.