The Divided Brain (2019) – Documentary Series at Cottonwood

A film which explores a radical new idea – is there an imbalance between our brain hemispheres that is affecting how we live in our modern society?

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THE DIVIDED BRAIN is a mind-altering odyssey about one man’s quest to prove a growing imbalance in our brains, and to help us understand how this makes us increasingly unable to grapple with critical economic, environmental and social issues; ones that shape our very future as a species.

THE DIVIDED BRAIN follows Dr. Iain McGilchrist on a journey of discovery as he travels to meet his champions and critics and defends his vision on the implications of his theory. Dr. McGilchrist is a prominent British psychiatrist and neuroscientist who may have uncovered an insidious problem with the way our brains function. He has been compared to Freud and Darwin. He believes that one half of our brain—the left hemisphere— is slowly taking power, and that we in the Western world are simultaneously feeding its ambitions. This half of the brain is very proficient at creating technologies, procedures and systems, but it cannot understand the implications of these on the people and the world around it.

McGilchrist knows that if he is right, we may be creating the technologies and the conditions that will spell our own downfall. With the clock ticking on critical issues, he must make his case and help us all to find ways to restore balance before it’s too late.


“An inordinate number of people will revive, thrive and flourish as a result of this film.”

Dr. Miranda Banks, Author, Fitter, Faster, Stronger, Smarter

The film operates on many levels as a science documentary, a philosophical debate, a political essay, and environmental film, drawing links from each field to further the conversation about the interconnectedness of our world and our ways of thinking…The Divided Brain invites audiences to dive deeper into the ideas proposed by these conversations. It encourages us to expand our ways of thinking to save the planet, and there’s no doubt that’s the first step we collectively need to take.”

Pat Mullen, POV Magazine

“Dr. Iain McGilchrist is one of the most profound thinkers alive, not only on the brain, but on art, philosophy and the human condition, and this fascinating film, so much deeper than almost all films on the brain, is a fabulous entry point to this most poetic and soulful man’s thoughts…You can’t help but be changed and broadened by encountering these revelations, and you can’t help but understand yourself, and the world around you, better for having watched it.

Dr. Norman Doidge, Author, The Brain’s Way of Healing and The Brain That Changes Itself

  • Date : 08/29/2024 - 08/29/2024
  • Time : 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm (America/Denver)
  • Venue : Cottonwood Center for the Arts

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