RSA report 2013:

You can now (as of 12 Feb 2013) download a highly valuable and interesting report, which I heartily recommend, produced by the RSA in London and called Divided Brain, Divided World.  The document features a dialogue between chess Grandmaster and Director of the RSAís Social Brain Centre Jonathan Rowson and myself about the practical and policy relevance of The Master and his Emissary.  This discussion informed a workshop with policy-makers, journalists and academics and led to a range of written reflections on the strength and significance of the ideas, including critique and clarification of the argument, and illustrations of its relevance in particular domains, including behavioural economics, climate change, NGO campaigning, patent law, ethics, and art. The dialogue between Jonathan and myself is split into three parts: 1) the argument (p8); 2) challenges to the argument (p23); 3) practical implications (p31). The 'Reflections' section (p51) includes 14 feedback pieces, from, amongst others, Ray Tallis, Mark Vernon, Tom Crompton, Rita Carter and Theresa Marteau.  The extended piece (p71) by John Wakefield, a former political journalist, gives a particularly careful and subtle account of the kind of practical implications we might and might not expect from such a thesis. The Appendices (p80) feature details of a three-hour workshop discussion where Guy Claxton, Mark Williamson, Matthew Taylor and many others spoke, and have been included to capture some of the best ideas generated collectively.

Video clips:

There are now so many video clips out there that I have stopped trying to list them.  However a good starting place is the RSA blog, which gives a good summary of many of the key points of the book, as well as containing the video clip of the RSA lecture, now on YouTube, which conveys briefly some of the implications of The Master and his Emissary.  Part of the talk has been animated by Andrew Park for the RSA and is also available on YouTube.

Debates with Roger Penrose and others on the nature of consciousness, and with Jonathan Ree and others on creativity and play, at the 2010 Hay on Wye philosophy festival, HowTheLightGetsIn, can now be downloaded as podcasts.  A short clip from the latter has found its way onto YouTube.  

From the 2011 HowTheLightGetsIn Festival, there is a talk on psychotic art, A Spider in the Eye; a debate with cognitive neuroscientist Colin Blakemore and journalist Bryan Appleyard about scientific reductionism and the mind-brain problem, and a debate with philosopher Peter Hacker and novelist Joanna Kavenna on the nature of Romanticism.

A few clips from the two-part documentary Soul Searching which was screened by Channel 4 in 2004 have appeared on the web at YouTube: 123. The DVD of the series can be bought here.

A more recent debate on the nature of consciousness with Nicholas Humphrey and Roger Penrose took place at the 2014 HowTheLightGetsIn

Audio clips:

The best audio clip is from Australia's national public service radio ABC's All In The Mind, which also exists as a podcast.  There is also supplementary material from the same interview here. There is a very brief clip from the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, and a slightly longer one from Start the Week with Andrew Marr, which can be downloaded as a podcast.

Online interviews:

There are a couple of interviews on line in some interesting blogs:

  • interview with Barry Daniel from the Middle Way Society
  • interview with Jessa Crispin, the editor of
  • interview with Stephen Ginn, the editor of Frontier Psychiatrist

The Guardian columnist Mark Vernonís excellent blog contains a response to the ideas in The Master and his Emissary: a second piece applies the ideas to a double portrait by Ghirlandaio.  Here he reflects on the apophatic path to knowledge and the relationship between the hemispheres. 

Here is another fascinating piece from the French press by Michael Gibson. 

Another clip, which was simply a promotional video aimed at GPs to increase understanding and awareness of addiction problems, has also appeared on DailyMotion: