Thinking Outside the Brain Box
Why Human Beings Are Not Biological Computers
30th October 2017
- ISBN 9781782504283
- Language Dutch; Flemish
- Pages 240 pp.
- Size 6.1" x 9.2"
Is it our brain that produces consciousness? Many people, including most scientists, hold such a belief, founded on a concept of the world that is purely materialistic. Such a worldview sees the brain as a kind of biological computer.
Modern research, however, shows that our experiences—especially 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 simply by living. And, by means of our brain, we develop as persons and form our individual “self,” along 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 where consciousness is not supported by the physical brain, or where consciousness appears 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.