19 December 2005

Monday Quote Troublemaker

In the spirit of "Let's you and her fight," an excerpt from the first page of Patricia Churchland's textbook Brain-Wise:
The weight of evidence now implies that it is the brain, rather than some nonphysical stuff, that feels, thinks, and decides. That means there is no soul to fall in love. We do fall in love, certainly, and passion is as real as it ever was. The difference is that now we understand those important feelings to be events happening in the physical brain. It means that there is no soul to spend its postmortem eternity blissful in Heaven or miserable in Hell.

I encourage religious folk to go bother the neurobiologists, and leave off the evolutionary biologists for a while.


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