The Divided Brain
In debates about the nature of modern society, worry is often expressed that we are becoming conditioned to thinking in a target-driven, beaucratic fashion. If that idea feels unsettling, how much more uncomfortable would it be to learn that we might be in the midst of an evolutionary process that will further restrict our thinking capacities to this narrow sphere? What if our society is becoming increasingly disconnected due to neurological shifts in the way our brains pay attention to the world around them?
That is the alarming contention put forward in this fascinating and challenging film, based on the book The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World, written by psychiatrist and neuroscientist, Dr. Iain McGilchrist. His core argument is that Western culture has become committed to a fragmented operational mode due to the dominance of the left hemisphere. In a healthier society, McGilchrist contends, the right hemisphere would be dominant, enabling us to look beyond details and to focus our attention on the bigger picture. His ideas offer an explanation for why we so willingly exploit and destroy the world around us.
The film and the panel discussion will tackle some massive questions:
– Why are we becoming so obsessed with structure, data, targets and processes?
– What might such a shift mean for our relationships with each other and with the environments in which we live?
– What are the consequences of losing a balance between our material and spiritual selves?
– What does a narrow focus mean for professional settings’ practice and policy?
These are massive questions, which this film offers opportunities to explore in a constructive and revealing way.
The film features interviews with actor John Cleese of Monty Python fame, neuroanatomist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor of TED Talks fame, chess grandmaster Jonathan Rowson, former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, and Aboriginal elder Dr. Leroy Little Bear. Large sections are filmed on Skye, where Dr. McGilchrist lives, making it particularly appropriate for a Scottish Tour.
Our team at connected baby, in collaboration with The Real David Cameron and local partners, are delighted to host the official Scottish Tour of this film. We thank the Canadian producers Matter of Fact Media for allowing us to share Dr. McGilchrist’s ground-breaking theory with as wide a public as possible.
All screenings will be followed by a panel discussion intended to help in identifying real-life applications of Dr. McGilchrist’s ideas. We are excited that Dr. McGilchrist himself will be joining us at the Premiere on 4th September. He will bring copies of his book with him and will be available to sign them.
You can find out more about The Divided Brain on these links:
– the film’s trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GxmJOM2c7Y
– the film’s website: www.thedividedbrain.com
– the RSA Animate TED Talk of Dr. McGilchrist’s theory: www.ted.com/talks/iain_mcgilchrist_the_divided_brain
We look forward to welcoming you in September and October. In the meantime, here’s the film trailer…
All images from the film trailer.