Professor Iain McGilchrist

The idea that the self is an illusion is problematic and possibly incoherent. Moreover, that the self is multiform and changeable does not argue against its existence. However some of the target papers suggest that there are ‘self’ states that are sufficiently divergent for them to have incompatible properties – one refers to the analogy of light as both wave and particle. Many of these dualities have parallels with some of the main distinctions between the ways in which the left hemisphere and right hemisphere present, or represent, the world, and in which they contribute to the self