Title

Mismeasuring humanity

Document Type

Presentation

Publication Date

10-29-2015

Abstract

There is, on the one hand, what Daniel Dennett calls "the contemporary orthodoxy," which insists that the mind is the brain, and that humans are deluded about the power of consciousness and freedom. On the other hand, very recently there has been something of a growing flood of protests against this "orthodoxy," and it is by no means coming only from theologians. This talk reviewed some studies that protest what they see as the mismeasuring of humanity, and aimed to show that when it comes to asking "what is a human being?" the sciences and humanities have essential common ground from which to address the question.

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