Dr Iain McGilchrist - The Intersection of Consciousness and Matter (Beyond the Brain 2023)


Iain McGilchrist and Rupert Sheldrake delve into a spectrum of profound subjects, touching upon the essential role of spirituality in human endeavors, the revitalization of spiritual practices, and the fundamental structure of the cosmos. They discuss panpsychism's implications for the interconnection of consciousness and matter, the enduring nature of memory, the archetypal forms that underpin our reality, and the subtle energy fields that animate existence. The conversation also navigates the terrain of values and the purpose they serve in our lives.

Dr. Iain McGilchrist, PhD, is a distinguished psychiatrist and author, celebrated for his insightful analysis of cerebral asymmetry and its far-reaching impact on human civilization, as detailed in his influential book "The Master and His Emissary." His recent work, "The Matter with Things," builds on these foundations, delving deeper into the relationship between the brain's structure and the complexities of reality, challenging our understanding of the interplay between matter and consciousness.


Dr Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, is a biologist and author best known for his hypothesis of morphic resonance. At Cambridge University, as a Fellow of Clare College, he was Director of Studies in biochemistry and cell biology. As the Rosenheim Research Fellow of the Royal Society, he carried out research on the development of plants and the ageing of cells, and together with Philip Rubery discovered the mechanism of polar auxin transport. In India, he was Principal Plant Physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, where he helped develop new cropping systems now widely used by farmers. He is the author of more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and his research contributions have been widely recognized by the academic community, earning him a notable h-index for numerous citations. On ResearchGate his Research Interest Score puts him among the top 4% of scientists.


The Scientific and Medical Network is dedicated to promoting open-minded debate and interdisciplinary research into scientific, medical, philosophical, and spiritual questions. The Beyond the Brain conference is their annual interdisciplinary exploration into consciousness, going beyond scientific materialism to include philosophical and spiritual dimensions often lacking in mainstream discussions.


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