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Is there a ghost in the machine?

Uploaded on Dec 06, 2011 / 191 views / 546 impressions / 3 comments

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The spirit or personality – the concept of a soul, self or mind distinct from our physical shell – has long been a cornerstone of our understanding of what it means to be human. Increasingly, however, scientific fields like neuroscience, genetics...

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The spirit or personality – the concept of a soul, self or mind distinct from our physical shell – has long been a cornerstone of our understanding of what it means to be human. Increasingly, however, scientific fields like neuroscience, genetics and psychology provide intricate explanations for human functioning, rooted in the tangible and the biological. Can we establish an empirically sound view of ourselves, without detracting from the importance of morality, responsibility, solidarity and freedom? The speakers in this contentious debate are Dr Stuart Derbyshire, reader in psychology, University of Birmingham; Martha Robinson, neuroscience PhD student; Richard Swinburne, emeritus professor, philosophy of religion, University of Oxford; Professor Raymond Tallis, fellow, Academy of Medical Sciences.

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3 comments

Rubina78

Dec 19, 2011

Wow, this is a big topic and all the better as the speakers and chair make it really watchable. I side with the speakers who argue that we are more than our physical self, we are not just meat, even more than creatively and wonderful meat as one speaker suggests, in fact consciousness resides in our relationship with others - in the community of minds as Raymond Tallis puts it. So i am thinking that doesn't that mean there is no such thing as an original thought?

robkun

Dec 12, 2011

A fantastic discussion which really gets to the meat (as Martha Robinson might say!) of different conceptions of consciousness, from the neuromaniacs to the duelists to the community of minds.

andrew2544

Dec 07, 2011

Sandy Starr is an excellent chair in this riveting debate. The question of the social character of consciousness and the individual mind are quite well explored in their proper terms (and neuroscience gets a trashing - which is all to the good). The only problem I have in this discussion is that I think the term 'materialist' is improperly used by some of the speakers - especially Martha Robinson (shame on you!)

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