by Kevin J Corcoran
from Modern Believing Vol 57:2 - April 2016

Abstract

Current neuroscience favours a materialist over a dualist view of human personhood, as exemplified by the phenomenon of blindsight. The fine-grained dependence of consciousness on neural activity renders a non-physical soul causally irrelevant. Since Christians believe in the resurrection of the body, not the soul, materialism is compatible with the life of the world to come. The branching of causal paths provides a possible model for bodily resurrection.

Keywords:

AFTERLIFE, BLINDSIGHT, BRANCHING OF CAUSAL PATHS, CONSCIOUSNESS, DUALISM, MATERIALIST, MEREOLOGICAL STRUCTURE, PERSONHOOD, RESURRECTION


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