In what might just be the most intellectual event of the year, an eminent psychiatrist takes a quote from Blake, and uses it to explore the structure and limits of the brain, all inside the Wren church of St James’s Piccadilly.
‘They inclos’d my infinite brain into a narrow circle,’ wrote Blake in Visions of the Daughters of Albion. Iain McGilchrist takes this line as inspiration for his talk. ‘Evidence is gathering that the structure of the brain, in particular its asymmetrical nature, may explain the increasing narrowness of the circle of our experience in the present day,’ he reckons. As author of The Master and his Emissary (and this associated TED talk), McGilchrist is sure to back up his ideas with insights about the brain’s structure and perception of the world.
The talk is organised by the Blake Society and takes place on 2 March. Tickets are £12-£15. Book here. Image cack-handedly cobbled together by the author, and not an official publicity shot.