Join us for a showing of “The Divided Brain” in which philosopher and neuroscientist Ian McGilchrist presents his argument that the right and left hemispheres actually amount to two different brains.
Find out more about the film here: https://thedividedbrain.com/about/
Science has long known that the human brain has a left and right hemisphere. The conventional wisdom has been that the left hemisphere is the seat of logic, language, and advanced cognition — the things we need to make a living and make a life in our day-to-day lives.
The right hemisphere, meanwhile, is where our more creative, artistic, and intuitive lives reside.
But Scottish psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist argues evidence shows the right and left hemispheres actually amount to two brains. The right and left brains perform the same basic functions, but in very different ways. How we interpret and experience the world depends on whether those two brains are working in balance, or whether one is dominant or damaged. That, in turn, shapes the world we live in.
We will watch the documentary and then discuss the theory and its implications in our world today.
The discussion will be led by library patron Graham Ward. Ward attended Laval, Acadia and Harvard Universities, earning a BA and a STB degree. A vocation as Teaching Minister in churches in Canada and the USA was followed by an appointment by St. Anselm College as adjunct professor in the humanities.
The Divided Brain - Official Trailer from Matter of Fact Media on Vimeo.