Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Mind-Brain Problem

"A century and a half after Charles Darwin published his theory of evolution, some still doubt its ability to explain the emergence of human beings and other forms of life.

These days, some Darwin skeptics are focusing on the human brain. They say a higher power must be involved; otherwise, how could a bunch of cells produce such complicated mental processes as consciousness or subjective experiences? How could something like free will be the result of evolution?

While Darwin skeptics have homed in on this mind-brain problem, most brain scientists say there's plenty of evidence that mental actions such as consciousness have evolved along with the brain."

After reading and hearing the previous excerpt from an NPR piece, (more completely provided in the link below), our Reflections discussion went in a variety of directions as we discussed the origins of our own being and the way people approach the topic.

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