The Emergence of Personhood: A Quantum Leap?
:Expert perspectives on the origins of human personhood Despite the many well-documented similarities -- genetic, cognitive, behavioral, social -- between our human selves and our evolutionary forebears, a significant gulf remains between us and them. Why is that?...
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:Expert perspectives on the origins of human personhood
Despite the many well-documented similarities -- genetic, cognitive, behavioral, social -- between our human selves and our evolutionary forebears, a significant gulf remains between us and them. Why is that? How did it come about? And how did we come to be the way we are?
This book brings together a diverse group of internationally recognized scholars -- including humanist, atheist, and theist voices -- to explore how and when human personhood emerged. Representing various disciplines, the contributors all offer significant insights into new scientific research about how humans emerged -- research that challenges some traditional views of human nature.
In a concluding chapter Malcolm Jeeves stands back and points out key features of the complex picture of human nature that has emerged through this volume. He further identifies points of both harmony and discord and notes questions yet to be tackled.
Contributors Francisco J. Ayala Justin L. Barrett Roy F. Baumeister Warren S. Brown Richard W. Byrne Matthew J. Jarvinen Malcolm Jeeves Timothy O'Connor Lynn K. Paul Colin Renfrew Ian M. Tattersall Anthony C. Thiselton Alan J. Torrance Adam Zeman
Archbishop Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his lifelong struggle to bring equality, justice, and peace to his native country of South Africa. In 1986, he was elected Archbishop of Cape Town, the highest position in the Anglican Church in Southern Africa. Today Archbishop Tutu chairs the Elders, an independent group of global leaders working to promote the shared interests of humanity. In 2009 Tutu received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor. He is known for his great love for children, as well as his powerful and profound understandin
Malcolm A. Jeeves CBE (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is an eminent neuropsychologist, a past president of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotlands National Academy of Science and Letters, is professor emeritus of psychology at St. Andrews University. He was Foundation Professor of Psychology there from 1969 to 1993 and established the universitys acclaimed psychology department. His own research has focused on brain mechanisms and neuroplasticity.
. The author of more than one hundred scientific papers and eleven books, including six related to science and faith, his most recent studies are Human Nature at the Millennium (1997), (with R.J. Berry) Science, Life and Christian Belief (1998), and a volume of essays he edited for Wm. B. Eerdmans, From Cells to Souls; Mind fields: Reflections on the science of mind and brain (1994); Psychology through the eyes of faith with David G. Myers -and Beyond: Changing Portraits of Human Nature, which was published in 2004.