This post at the Discovery Institute’s creationist blog is about Michael Egnor — that’s his write-up at the Encyclopedia of American Loons. He’s been promoting the magical, mystical, divinely created attributes of the mind for years — see, e.g.: Egnor Ain’t No Kin To No Monkey. After a few of those, we pretty much lost interest in him.
But he’s back again. Klinghoffer just wrote Egnor: Why Neuroscience Points to a Soul. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
I’ve called Michael Egnor the philosophical neuroscientist. [We’ve called him something else.] That’s because unlike some well-known atheist scientists, who are pure amateurs when it comes to philosophy, Dr. Egnor brings it all together: the latest scientific research and the search for wisdom about the fundamentals of reality from Aristotle to today.
Ooooooooooooh! Egnor brings it all together! Then Klinghoffer says:
He is featured in the second episode of Science Uprising [A Discoveroid podcast!], making the case that human beings are not, per evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne, “robots made out of meat.”
Rejoice, dear reader. You’re more than meat. After that reassuring news, Klinghoffer tells us:
Here, in a supplementary video, Egnor has the time to further unfold his arguments: [Video embedded in Klinghoffer’s post.]
We haven’t seen the video. Klinghoffer continues:
Is the mind simply another word for the brain, an organ in the head that fools us into thinking that the self, the “inescapable I,” is a genuine entity? Dr. Egnor explains the materialist view in its several successive historical manifestations, and why, despite its pervasive influence, it hardly qualifies as a serious perspective. Egnor details the findings of his own field, neuroscience. These indicate that something extra, something immaterial, is joined with the material body to form the complete human being. That something extra is traditionally designated as the soul. [Gasp!]
Ooooooooooooh! The soul! [*Ten minutes go by.*] Forgive the delay, dear reader, but your Curmudgeon is recovering from an ecstatic trance. Let’s read on:
You are more than a physical creature alone. Egnor cites, among other pieces of evidence, a 2006 study in the journal Science [Klinghoffer provides no link.] reporting that patients in a persistent vegetative state, contrary to how their condition appears clinically, are not all absent as personalities. Even with a severely damaged, shrunken brain, the non-material person is somehow still there, and aware. For example, as functional magnetic resonance imaging shows, many such patients, just like healthy people, can distinguish the sound of meaningful sentences from syntactical gibberish. That should be impossible under materialist assumptions.
Someone in that condition would probably be a creationist. Anyway, now we come to the end:
It’s fascinating stuff that flies in the face of the viewpoint treasured and defended by prestige academia and the mainstream media. Watch the episode of Science Uprising here: [Link omitted].
If you watch the thing, dear reader, please let us know what we’re missing.
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