Mind / Brain Problem
The problem of distinguishing mind from brain
and the historical concepts of the relationship between the two
Dualism: Mind & Brain Interaction
René Descartes' view of dualistic interactionism
is reviewed, and factors leading to its rejection are explored.
Animal and human consciousness are viewed in
a continuum to seek an explanation for the mind's origin. Did
mind appear "from nowhere" as a kind of direct creation,
or was it always (but imperceptibly) resident in living systems?
Theory Too Small
A survey of dualistic thinking in the twentieth
century, with special reference to the work and thought of Charles
Sherrington, the father of modern understanding of brain function.
The development of the mechnistic approach from a methodology
to a persuasive outlook on all of life is traced.
the Experimental Foundations
From Sherrington to Penfield and his observations
of "relived" memories which were caused by electrode
stimulation of the temporal lobes of fully conscious patients.
Return of the Whole Person
A review of the published dialogue between Popper
and Eccles, philosopher and neurophysiologist respectively. By
different routes, both men arrive at a basic belief in interactionism,
although they disagree on the origin and the destiny of mind
A consideration of the origin and the destiny
of mind, looking beyond scientific enquiry to biblical revelation
and theology. A centuries-old biblical view is weighed beside
modern views of dualistic interactionism.