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Knowledge

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In this session, Dr Iain McGilchrist investigates knowledge. He asks the question ‘how we know anything and whether knowledge is all of one kind?’ Dr McGilchrist explains how in English there is only one verb, ‘to know’ but in most languages there is a distinction made between at least two kinds of knowing. He distinguishes between these two types of knowledge and outlines how these are associated with the left and right hemispheres of the brain.

Sessions in this Series

  1. 01

    Language

    In this session, Dr Iain McGilchrist investigates language, examining it’s advantages and disadvantages. Dr McGilchrist outlines how both the left and right hemispheres of the brain contribute to language. We discover the different ways we use language and how both hemispheres of the brain communicate. Dr McGilchrist discusses how there is much more to language ...
  2. 02

    Intuition

    In this session, Dr Iain McGilchrist investigates intuition. He discusses how intuition has recently received a bad reputation due to the belief that we should replace our intuition with logical arguments. He further discusses how an attempt to do without intuition would be as foolish as to attempt to do without reason. Dr McGilchrist outlines how ...
  3. 03

    Love & Relationship

    In this session, Iain McGilchrist investigates relationship and love. McGilchrist discusses how all relationship is of a form of love and introduces insightful information detailing how love & relationship are influenced by both the left and right hemispheres of the brain. As humans we are beings that love, and relationships are one of our most important ...
  4. 04

    Implicitness

    In this session, Dr Iain McGilchrist investigates implicitness. He discusses the importance of the implicit in both life and therapy. Dr McGilchrist comments on how implicitness is something we tend not to think about very often, suggesting that nowadays people often believe that everything should be explicit. However, metaphors, narratives and myths, which are all ...
  5. 05

    Life and Death

    In this session, Dr Iain McGilchrist shares reflections on life and death. Dr McGilchrist examines what life is, and how life and death are perceived by both the left and right hemispheres of the brain, highlighting each side’s varied interpretation. Dr McGilchrist discusses the inseparability of life and death, exploring the notion of opposites and ...
  6. 06

    Purpose

    In this session, Dr Iain McGilchrist investigates purpose. For human beings, purpose is very important. Dr McGilchrist discusses two significantly different ways of thinking about purpose; one is instrumental purpose and the other is intrinsic purpose. We are often told that science has proved that the universe and that life have no purpose, Dr McGilchrist ...
  7. 07

    Reason

    In this session, Dr Iain McGilchrist investigates reason. He outlines the different types of reason and their different uses. Dr McGilchrist discusses how reason is understood differently by both hemispheres of the brain, identifying each difference with examples. He explains useful distinctions between rationality and reason, examining how many things that we desire cannot be ...
  8. 08

    Trauma and Resilience

    In this session, Dr Iain McGilchrist investigates trauma and resilience. He outlines the origins of the diagnoses of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and discusses important findings from the report to the senate, from which PTSD was based. Dr McGilchrist examines the Trauma Model, exploring its applications and limitations. He illuminates the notion that we are ...
  9. 09

    Knowledge

    In this session, Dr Iain McGilchrist investigates knowledge. He asks the question ‘how we know anything and whether knowledge is all of one kind?’ Dr McGilchrist explains how in English there is only one verb, ‘to know’ but in most languages there is a distinction made between at least two kinds of knowing. He distinguishes ...
  10. 10

    Certainty

    In this session, Dr Iain McGilchrist investigates certainty. Certainty is something many patients seek, and it is something that is often considered desirable. Dr McGilchrist discusses how most things in life cannot be certain and the search for control in order to achieve certainty can be one of the most damaging things that we can ...

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