Giles Fraser: To be alive is to be more than physical

ONE of the things that drives me mad about the New Atheists is the way that they refuse to see humans as anything other than medium-sized portions of animated meat. In his new book, Aping Mankind (Acumen Publish­ing), the doctor and philosopher Raymond Tallis has a go at the re­ductionism that has be­come de rigueur in popular present­ations of science. He argues par­ticularly against the way in which conscious­ness is often assumed to be the same thing as brain activity. Human beings are so much more than their physicality.

Church Times. Issue 7736 – 24 June, 2011

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