Mind and the Machine What It Means to Be Human and Why It Matters

ISBN-10: 1587432722

ISBN-13: 9781587432729

Edition: 2011

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Description: What does it mean to be human? Some scientists believe that the human mind can be reduced to brain biology, suggesting that we are no more than complex biochemical machines. Computer scientist Matthew Dickerson critiques a physicalist/naturalist view of human persons and defends theistic accounts of human nature. He shows how Christians can keenly respond to the widespread assertion that human consciousness is nothing more than "software" that can one day be downloaded into supercomputers. Drawing on C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, Dickerson gets at the heart of human nature itself, highlighting a far richer vision of Christian personhood, creativity, and love. This thought-provoking book on a timely topic will appeal to those interested in apologetics, science and religion, and technology as well as readers of the materialist New Atheists.

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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Brazos Press
Publication date: 5/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction Why Any of This Matters
Implications of a Human Machine
Ghosts, Machines, and the nature of Light
Three Views of Mind and Consciousness
The Debate: Experiments of Thought and of Science
The Debate and Its Physicalists� Presuppositions
Where Do We Go?
Physicalism, Creativity, and Heroism
A Materialist View
The Abolition of Creativity and Heroism
An Attempted Physicalist Recovery of Creativity
Living without �Freedom and Dignity�
naturalism and Nature: The Ecology of Physicalism
Virtual Reality and the Disembodied Human
The Absence of �Other�
Reason, Science, and the Mind as a Physical Brain
The Possibility of Reason
The Presuppositions of Science
Considering the Presuppositions
The Spiritual Human
Affirming the Creative and the Heroic
Mythical Dialogues: The Hr�a and F�a of J. R. R. Tolkien
The Source of Human Creativity
Tolkiens Threefold Telos of Creativity
Creativity Beauty and the Enrichment of Creation
Art and Truth
Taking Heroism Seriously
Body, Spirit, and the Value of Creation
Purposeful Creation and Ecological Practice
The Cosmos and Human Moral Responsibility
Ecology and the Bodily Resurrection
A Biblical Defense of Reason and Science
Can Reason and Spirituality Sleep in the Same Bed?
The Importance of Evidence to the Prophers and Apostles
Jesus and Reason
Judeo-Christian Theism and the Validity of Science
Limitations of Reason and Science
The Integrated Person
Ghosts and Buttons
Spirituality, Physicality, and Creation
Wind in the Trees and the Integration of Body and Spirit
Science, Ecology, and Ethics
Works Cited
Recommended Further Reading
Notes
Index
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