By Matthew T. Dickerson,Charles Taliaferro
Are people simply complicated biochemical machines, mere actual components of a causally closed materialist universe? Are we forthcoming the so-called "Singularity" whilst human recognition can (and will) be downloaded into desktops? Or is there extra to the human person--something that may be referred to as soul or spirit? As this booklet makes transparent, the solutions to those questions have profound implications to subject matters resembling heroism, creativity, ecology, and the potential for cause and technological know-how. In exploring this significant subject, Dickerson engages the information of a few famous 20th- and twenty-first-century espousers of physicalism, together with thinker Daniel Dennett (Consciousness Explained
), biologist Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion
), futurist-engineer Raymond Kurzweil (The Age of religious Machines
), psychologist B. F. Skinner (Beyond Freedom and Dignity), and mathematician-philosopher Bertrand Russell (Why it's not that i am a Christian
). via a cautious interpreting in their works, Dickerson not just offers a five-fold critique of physicalism, but additionally deals a Christian replacement within the kind of "integrative dualism," which affirms the lifestyles of either a actual and non secular truth with no diminishing the goodness or value of both, and recognizes that people are non secular in addition to physically persons.
"An attractive and probing exploration of a few of the elemental questions people ask approximately themselves: Is a person only a desktop made from protein? Are people thoroughly made up our minds through the actual methods happening of their our bodies? Is the idea that people are religious only a vestige of prescientific considering? Dickerson assaults those questions--and many others--with verve and élan. The e-book is a version of interdisciplinary inquiry, drawing on a deep figuring out of up to date philosophy, technology, and computers."
--C. Stephen Evans, Baylor University
"[A] complicated, considerate book."
"Dickerson deftly evaluates state-of-the-art cultural implications of physicalist remedies of human individuals. Refreshingly, he offers a particular dualist substitute and underscores the real entailments of that replacement. i'm blissful to suggest this glorious book."
--J. P. Moreland, Biola college; writer, The Recalcitrant Imago Dei
"Dickerson is among the so much talented, clear-headed modern writers engaged on recognition this day. He has a command of the philosophical literature, a love for well-crafted, compelling arguments, and a matchless clutch of the deep knowledge that may be present in the paintings of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. His most modern booklet is either an available creation to imperative questions on human nature and a sustained, rigorous argument for spotting the targeted, overwhelming price of human persons."
--Charles Taliaferro, St. Olaf university; writer, Consciousness and the brain of God
"Whether human minds are machines is a important query not just for philosophers and scientists but additionally for the way forward for our tradition and of the human race itself. This ebook is clearer, fairer, extra priceless, and extra trustworthy than ninety nine out of a hundred others at the topic. Its writer is aware either halves of his book's identify very well."
--Peter Kreeft, Boston College
Matthew Dickerson is a professor at Middlebury collage (Vermont), affiliated with the dep. of desktop technological know-how and this system of Environmental experiences. His newest books contain The Rood and the Torc: The tune of Kristinge, Son of Finn (2014); Downstream: Reflections on Brook Trout, Fly Fishing, and the Waters of Appalachia (2014, with David O'Hara); The Gifted (2015); and Trout within the wilderness: On Fly Fishing, Human conduct, and the chilly Waters of the Arid Southwest (2015).