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Am I Just My Brain?

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Modern research is uncovering more and more detail of what our brain is and how it works. We are living, thinking creatures who carry around with us an amazing organic supercomputer in our heads. But what is the relationship...


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Modern research is uncovering more and more detail of what our brain is and how it works. We are living, thinking creatures who carry around with us an amazing organic supercomputer in our heads.

But what is the relationship between our brains and our minds-and ultimately our sense of identity as a person? Are we more than machines? Is free-will an illusion? Do we have a soul?

Brain Imaging Scientist Sharon Dirckx lays out the current understanding of who we are from biologists, philosophers, theologians and psychologists, and points towards a bigger picture that suggests answers to the fundamental questions of our existence. Not just "What am I?", but "Who am I?" - and "Why am I?"

Read this book to gain valuable insight into what modern research is telling us about ourselves, or to give a skeptical friend to challenge the idea that we are merely material beings living in a material world.

-Publisher.

COMMENDATIONS:

Dr Dirckx is well qualified to investigate the question that forms the title of her book. She illuminates the widespread reductionist notion that the brain and the mind are the same and shows that it depends more on a presupposed naturalist or materialist philosophy, than it does on actual science. The author introduces us to the intriguing yet difficult problems of the nature of consciousness, free will and determinism and convincingly demonstrates that naturalism does not have the explanatory power that the Christian worldview possesses. This book is for the open minded, and will enrich the reader whatever their worldview. I whole heartedly recommend it.
- John C Lennox, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford.

Laying out the arguments in her usual very readable style, Sharon makes a compelling case for why the answer to her book's title [spoiler alert!

Modern research is uncovering more and more detail of what our brain is and how it works. We are living, thinking creatures who carry around with us an amazing organic supercomputer in our heads. But what is the relationship between our brains and our minds-and ultimately our sense of identity as a person? Are we more than machines? Is free-will an illusion? Do we have a soul? Brain Imaging Scientist Sharon Dirckx lays out the current understanding of who we are from biologists, philosophers, theologians and psychologists, and points towards a bigger picture that suggests answers to the fundamental questions of our existence. Not just "What am I?", but "Who am I?"-and "Why am I?" Read this book to gain valuable insight into what modern research is telling us about ourselves, or to give a sceptical friend to challenge the idea that we are merely material beings living in a material world.
-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 535568
  • Product Code 9781784982751
  • ISBN 178498275X
  • EAN 9781784982751
  • Pages 128
  • Department Academic
  • Category Apologetic
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Good Book Company, The
  • Publication Date May 2019
  • Sales Rank 9689
  • Dimensions 195 x 127 x 15mm
  • Weight 0.173kg

Sharon Dirckx

Sharon Dirckx is a Senior Tutor at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA). Originally from a scientific background, she has a PhD in brain imaging from the University of Cambridge and has held research positions at the University of Oxford, UK, and the Medical College of Wisconsin, USA. She is a regular speaker at Universities, conferences and other events. Sharon lives in Oxford with her husband and two young children.

  • Introduction
  • 1. Am I Just My Brain?
  • 2. Is Belief In The Soul Out Of Date?
  • 3. Are We Just Machines
  • 4. Are We More Than Machines?
  • 5. Is Free Will An Illusion?
  • 6. Are We Hard-wired To Believe?
  • 7. Is Religious Experience Just Brain Activity?
  • 8. Why Can I Think?

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