Metaphysics and the Matter With Things: Thinking With Iain McGilchrist

  • Metaphysics and the Matter With Things: Thinking With Iain McGilchrist

    Posted by Christina Florkowski on April 1, 2024 at 5:49 am

    Today was the final day of an extraordinary 3-day conference on Dr. McGilchrist’s work hosted by the California Institute for Integral Studies and the Center for Process Studies here in San Francisco.

    The planned schedule had a few deviations, but mostly succeeded:

    Friday, March 29th

    Informal meet & greet: 6:00pm

    Evening with Iain McGilchrist: 7:30pm

    Saturday, March 30th

    Session 1: 9:00 – 10:30am | Neuroscience & Psychology

    • Àlex Gómez-Marín (Joined remotely)
    • Michael Jacob
    • Rev. Thandeka

    Session 2: 11:00 – 12:30pm | Physics & Biology

    • Ruth E. Kastner
    • Timothy E. Eastman
    • Michael Levin (Joined remotely)

    Session 3: 2:00 – 3:30pm | Philosophy & Aesthetics

    • Matthew Segall
    • Zak Stein
    • Carolyn Cooke

    Dialogue: 4:00 – 5:30pm

    Sunday, March 31st

    Homily by Thandeka: 8:45am

    Session 4: 9:45 – 11:15am | Spirituality & the Sacred

    • Richard Tarnas
    • John Vervaeke
    • Andrew M. Davis

    <b style=”background-color: var(–bb-content-background-color); font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; color: var(–bb-body-text-color);”>Responses and Integration: 11:30 – 1:00pm

    I was fortunate to attend in person with about 100 others. We were told that there were ~300 participating online. Easily a third (and perhaps more) of the hands were raised when participants were asked if any were from out of state. I spoke to people from Oregon, Washington State, Washington DC and New Jersey. (I recognized at least one name from this Channel McGilchrist Members forum pop-up among the online participants.)

    An extraordinary opportunity to hear how those in various disciplines have been influenced by McGilchrist – or recognize McGilchrist’s theory in their own work. And of course to be able to hear from Iain himself. Alex Gomez-Marin was unable to join us in-person. Gomez-Marin began the day on Saturday with a beautiful and heart-felt session (a perfect beginning, if you ask me) and he offered what I feel is a rich hint for studying McGilchrist’s work.

    It was a relief to learn that the sessions were recorded because I found them to be so rich and dense it was impossible to make notes fast enough and have any opportunity to take it in. (I am slow to digest this sort of thing – often taking days to absorb.) The individual contributions from Gomez-Marin, Matt Segal, and Zak Stein left a lot of musings in their wake. And the Physics & Biology, and Spirituality & the Sacred as whole sessions were remarkable.

    If anyone else participated, it would be good to hear about your experience.

    Christina Florkowski replied 1 week, 2 days ago 5 Members · 7 Replies
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  • Joseph Woodhouse

    April 1, 2024 at 12:01 pm

    Hello Christina, I was there for most of the talks and will review all the videos once they are posted. I also participated in the discussion break out Zoom sessions and would be interested in contacting any of the individuals I met there. I found the conference to be a powerful life changing gathering of some of the most wise, creative, epistemically open people on this planet; a true example of the type of community needed to amplify the countercurrent to the ongoing collapse of global civilization. I am open to further discussion with you and others that were able to attend. I would have attended in person but it was sold out before I received notification so I am very interested in hearing more about your in person experience.

    Thought I might share one of my artworks that came to mind as I read your post called: Ark of Awareness

  • Mark Delepine

    April 1, 2024 at 4:46 pm

    Hi Christina I’m glad you were able to attend – and in person. Though I live just across the bay from where the conference was held I was too busy to attend in person myself. I was happy to be present online for Iain’s talk but Saturday could not make any of the other sessions so look forward to seeing the recordings soon. I think like you I’d require the recordings anyhow just to fully process it all. Thanks for sharing your take on it and if, after digesting the recordings, you have more to add I hope you will do so. Please do @me if you do as I’d greatly appreciate reading that and comparing notes.

  • Steve Parry

    April 1, 2024 at 7:02 pm

    I too very much look forward to recordings of the sessions.

  • Bob Eng

    April 2, 2024 at 12:52 am

    Thanks @chrys , like @MarkDelepine I was a train ride away from the conference site, had scheduling conflicts, and like @steveparry will look forward to the recordings. Thanks for your enthusiastic feedback, @JosephWoodhouse

  • Christina Florkowski

    April 8, 2024 at 1:09 am

    It seems some of the recordings from the CIIS event are beginning to informally trickle out.

    Matt Segal: In Defense of Truth as Participation

    At the end of Matt’s presentation, the video breaks to the Q&A (omitting presentations by Zak Stein and Carolyn Cooke) editing to include only the questions addressed by Matt Segal. (Just in case you are wondering about the two others sitting on the panel in this video.)

  • Christina Florkowski

    April 8, 2024 at 1:11 am

    <div>Another recording recently posted from the event.

    Andrew M. Davis: Iain McGilchrist, Axiological Asymmetry, and the Mystery of Existence | </div>

  • Christina Florkowski

    April 8, 2024 at 1:19 am

    This video is available out of order as it is the Q&A session following the final session of the conference on the Spirituality & the Sacred with presentations by Richard Tarnas, John Vervaeke, and Andrew M. Davis, though the presentations by Tarnas and Vervaeke do not appear to be available – yet.

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