The Human Brain Is Something New
Who or what are we? The materialist viewpoint is that we are matter in motion governed by our brains, a wetware operating system of three pounds of grey and white matter. Our identity is packed into our brains, and if they die, so do we. There is no soul, and consciousness is an illusion. Is that what we are?
From the materialist point of view, our human brains are the product of evolution—an ape-like brain grown larger and more sophisticated. Physically, a human brain is three times the size of a chimpanzee brain, and it uses considerably more energy. Our brain represents 2 percent of our body weight but uses 20 percent of the oxygen we breathe.1
However, our brains...
is the Director of Science Communication at the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute and a senior research scientist at Biologic Institute.This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #46, Fall 2018 Copyright © 2020 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo46/beyond-adaptation