Mollifying Neuroscience and Christian Faith: An Emergent Monistic Claim for Free Will and the Soul
Other Neuroscience and Neurobiology
Philosophy of Mind
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AbstractModern neuroscience makes it difficult for one to support a case for substance dualism regarding the existence of a soul and free will. The neuroscientific evidence stems from several experiments in which test subjects were instructed to perform a simple voluntary movement. Scientists consistently observed neurological antecedents preceding the subject’s conscious decision to perform the action. An examination of these experiments and the conclusions drawn will show several key inconsistencies that weaken the extreme anti-conscious will claim. However, it is important to not reject the neurological evidence against substance dualism, but instead discover a new perspective (e.g. emergent monism) that coincides with both science and the Christian Gospel.