Nothing but neurons

What do neuroscience, philosophy, and theology have to say about the mystery of human consciousness?

“Even if we come up with a beautiful elegant neuroscience of consciousness – which I hope we do – that will still leave the question, why are we conscious at all? Why does consciousness exist in the first place?”

Despite everything we know about the universe we live in, the content of our own heads remains a mystery in many ways. Does everything that matter – everything that makes you you – reside in your brain chemistry? What is the relationship between the brain and the “mind”, or even the “soul”? Is there such a thing? And if not, are we simply at the mercy of our neurons? Can we be said to have any kind of free will?

Dr Sharon Dirckx has been wrestling with existential questions like these since childhood, through her PhD in brain imaging at the University of Cambridge, and now as a senior tutor at OCCA The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. In this episode, she speaks with Simon Smart about her book Am I Just My Brain? and our quest to comprehend ourselves.