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Thinking outside the Brain Box

Why Human Beings Are Not Biological Computers

Arie Bos

240 pp.  
6 1/8" x 9 1/4"

Floris Books


Published:  October 2017


Is it our brain that produces consciousness? Many people, including most scientists, hold such a belief, based on a purely materialistic concept of the world. Such a worldview sees the brain as a kind of biological computer. However, modern research shows that our experiences—especially those during childhood and youth—shape the circuits of our brain and even stimulate the brain to grow. Thus, to a certain extent, we shape our own brain just by being alive and experiencing the world. It is through our brain that we develop as a person and form our self, or ego, with all its associated significance and values.

In this revealing study of brain, body, and consciousness, Arie Bos examines the limitations of the materialist view to explain our human experience. He points to examples of how the physical brain does not support consciousness and instances when consciousness seems to survive beyond death. Exploring the ideas of free will and responsibility, he rejects the view that only physical matter determines our thoughts and actions. In doing so, he opens a door to a wider spiritual reality.

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