Posts tagged ‘body’

November 15th, 2013

William Hasker’s Emergent Dualism

by Max Andrews

William Hasker is an open theist and has focused his research in two major areas: omniscience and the mind-body problem.  In this post I’m only going to focus on the latter.  Whatever theory we adopt about mind and body, and their interaction, there is still mystery (whether it be physical, immaterial, or a combination of the sort). The issue of one of transcendence:  how can an embodied being such as humans, transcend their physicality and have mind-like awareness of oneself (when the body is not a mind)?  Hasker says it is not enough to choose theory M (say, materialism) over D (say, dualism) simply by showing that dualism has seemingly insurmountable problems. One should take the speck out of one’s eye first:  one must examine objections to M, too, for these may be even more severe than those against D.  A healthy reminder that having reasons against ~p is not the same as having reasons in favor of p. 

November 5th, 2012

‘Proof of Heaven’ Catapults Neurosurgeon onto National Stage

by Max Andrews

Four years ago, in an intensive care bed at Lynchburg General Hospital, neurosurgeon Eben Alexander III came back from the dead and into the light. Now, his just-published description of that experience, “Proof of Heaven,” has placed him in an international spotlight.

Last Friday, the book climbed to the top of Amazon’s sales list. It has put Alexander on the cover of Newsweek and into the guest chairs on “Nightline,” “Good Morning, America,” “Fox & Friends” and “20/20.” Oprah and Dr. Oz are waiting in the wings.

Ever since mankind developed consciousness, humans have wondered about what follows their final earthly moment. Hundreds of books have been written and thousands of scientific papers have been published on the subject, a trickle that quickened into a flood when improved techniques of “re-booting” heart attack victims gave rise to a new breed of near- death experiences in the mid-to-late-20th century.

Nevertheless, Alexander’s description of his own dance with eternity has made a huge impact in a very short time. But why him? And why now, when so much has already been said?

Via The News & Advance

January 26th, 2012

Theology Thursday: William Hasker

by Max Andrews

Theology Thursday is a new feature on the blog, which gives a brief introduction to a theological person of significance.

Theologian: William Hasker (Contemporary)

General summary of his theology: Hasker is an open theist and has focused his research in two major areas: omniscience and the mind-body problem.  In this post I’m only going to focus on the latter.  Whatever theory we adopt about mind and body, and their interaction, there is still mystery (whether it be physical, immaterial, or a combination of the sort). The issue of one of transcendence:  how can an embodied being such as humans, transcend their physicality and have mind-like awareness of oneself (when the body is not a mind)?  Hasker says it is not enough to choose theory M (say, materialism) over D (say, dualism) simply by showing that dualism has seemingly insurmountable problems. One should take the speck out of one’s eye first:  one must examine objections to M, too, for these may be even more severe than those against D.  A healthy reminder that having reasons against ~p is not the same as having reasons in favor of p.  [Epistemic principle here:  just because P and Q are logically not co-possible; and you have (non-decisive) evidence against P; it doesn’t follow that you have (decisive, or even non-decisive, perhaps) evidence for Q (cf. Islam and Buddhism, say)].