Reli. Notes 39

Reli. Notes 39 - o The localized brain: Many different...

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Science Questions the Soul What makes us unique as humans? o DNA? (similar to that of mostly nature) V. Elving Anderson: o “A Genetic View of Human Nature” o Risk of genetic determinism: Everything about us is pre-programmed in our genes Sounds like predestination, loss of free will o Identical twins argument: Exhibit wide range of differences Francisco J. Ayala: o “Human Nature: One Evolutionist’s View” o Biologic continuity o Cultural inheritance: Methods of survival passed on from generation to generation Ex. “how to dice a tomato” o Capacity for ethics: Biological Ability to anticipate consequences of our actions Ability to make value judgments o Moral codes: Cultural Ayala argues that human morality is not genetically determined
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Unformatted text preview: o The localized brain: Many different subgroups doing different types of work Malcolm Jeeves: o Brain, Mind and Behavior o Cognitive localization: Memory Language Facial recognition Do genetics, evolution, and cognitive science threaten the soul? o No, they only threaten dualism o This weeks authors advocate psychosomatic unity Warren Brown: o Conclusion: Reconciling Scientific and Biblical Portraits of Human Nature o Nonreductive physicalism: Sees the person as a unitary, physical entity w/o a separate nonphysical soul, But not reducible to individual cells o Compatibility w/ scripture o Where is the soul located? Still no answer for this...
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This note was uploaded on 06/07/2011 for the course RELI 125 taught by Professor Styers during the Fall '10 term at UNC.

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