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What is a Human? Different Views About Brains, Minds and Souls

Date recorded: 21 May 2023 | Speaker: Sharon Dirckx | Event: ELF Science Network
Topic: Science
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Human identity is a topic for which many different kinds of answers are offered, from different spheres. What exactly are we? Are we merely advanced apes? Are we just machines? Do we have a soul? Some neuroscientists and philosophers hold the view that the brain drives everything about us. All of our thoughts, decisions, memories, even religious beliefs are traceable to the chemical and electrical activity of our brains. What shall we make of this view? What about the mind and soul? This talk considers questions of human identity from the perspectives of neuroscience, philosophy and theology.