“The model we choose to use to understand something determines what we find.”
Iain McGilchrist is a former Fellow of All Souls' College, Oxford, where he taught literature, before training in medicine.
He is committed to the idea that the mind and brain can be understood only by seeing them in the broadest possible context, that of the whole of our physical and spiritual existence, and of the wider human culture in which they arise – the culture which helps to mould, and in turn is moulded by, our minds and brains. He has an interest in brain research, and was formerly a Consultant and Clinical Director at the Bethlem Royal and Maudsley Hospital Acute Mental Health Services in London. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
He is the author ofThe Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World (Yale University Press) and he is working on a short book of reflections on spiritual experience.
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