Matter over Mind

‘you,’ your joys and your sorrows, your memories and your ambitions, your sense of personal identity and free will, are in fact no more than the behavior of a vast assembly of nerve cells and their associated molecules. As Lewis Carroll’s Alice might have phrased it: ‘You’re nothing but a pack of neurons.’

So Stephen M. Barr, Professor of physics at the University of Delaware, quotes Francis Crick at the beginning of an excellent article in First Things considering the book “Neuroscience, Psychology, and Religion: Illusions, Delusions, and Realities About Human Nature” by Malcolm Jeeves and Warren S. Brown.

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