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Coming to Mind: The Soul and Its Body

Lenn E. Goodman and D. Gregory Caramenico


Contrary to popular rumor, brain science has not shown that souls are an illusion – not if by soul we mean what it is about a person that acts and thinks, often creatively, what makes choices and takes responsibility. The human self, as theories of emergence and complexity are teaching us, is among those complex realities not reducible to the sum of their humbler parts and predecessors. Neuropsychology and cognitive science make a powerful case for the soul, not as a wisp of smoke but as a dynamic reality emergent from our bodily capabilities. Examining perception, consciousness, memory, agenc ... More

Keywords: Soul, Embodiment, Neuroscience, Emergence, Mind, Consciousness, Personhood, Reductionism

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226061061
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226061238.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lenn E. Goodman, author

D. Gregory Caramenico, author

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