The Mind and the Machine: What It Means to Be Human and Why It Matters  -     By: Matthew Dickerson
Buy Item $2.99 Retail: $19.99 Save 85% ($17.00) Add To Cart
Add To Wishlist

The Mind and the Machine: What It Means to Be Human and Why It Matters

Brazos Press / 2011 / Paperback

$2.99 (CBD Price)
|
Retail: $19.99
|
Save 85% ($17.00)
Buy 48 or more for $2.84 each.
Availability: In Stock
CBD Stock No: WW432729

Current Promotions
  • Other Formats

    Description Price Availability Quantity AddInclude
    Paperback $2.99 Retail: $19.99 In Stock Add To Cart
    Add To Cart
    Add To Cart

Product Description

In The Mind and the Machine: What it Means to be Human and Why it Matters asks, simply, What does it mean to be human? Some naturalists believe that the human mind can be reduced to brain biology, suggesting that we are no more than complex biochemical machines. Computer scientist Matthew Dickerson critiques a physicalist/naturalist view of human persons and defends theistic accounts of human nature.

He responds to the widespread assertion that human consciousness is nothing more than "software" that can one day be downloaded into supercomputers. Drawing on C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, Dickerson gets at the heart of human nature itself, highlighting a far richer vision of personhood, creativity, and love. This thought-provoking book on a timely topic will appeal to those interested in science and religion, philosophy, and technology; readers of the materialist New Atheists; and anyone who simply cares what it means to be human.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Brazos Press
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1587432722
ISBN-13: 9781587432729
Availability: In Stock

Related Products

  1. From Homer to Harry Potter
    From Homer to Harry Potter
    Matthew Dickerson, David O'Hara
    Brazos Press / 2006 / Trade Paperback
    $27.00
    Availability: Out of Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW431335
  2. The Next Story: Life and Faith After the Digital
    The Next Story: Life and Faith After the Digital
    Tim Challies
    Zondervan / 2011 / Hardcover
    $14.99 Retail: $19.99 Save 25% ($5.00)
    5 Stars Out Of 5 6 Reviews
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW329039
    Video
  3. To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and  Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World
    To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World
    James Davison Hunter
    Oxford University Press / 2010 / Hardcover
    $19.99 Retail: $27.95 Save 28% ($7.96)
    5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW730802
  4. Beyond Paradise: Technology and the Kingdom of God
    Beyond Paradise: Technology and the Kingdom of God
    Jack Swearengen
    Wipf and Stock / 2007 / Trade Paperback
    $29.99 Retail: $40.00 Save 25% ($10.01)
    Availability: Out of Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW528429

Publisher's Description

What does it mean to be human? Some naturalists believe that the human mind can be reduced to brain biology, suggesting that we are no more than complex biochemical machines. Computer scientist Matthew Dickerson critiques a physicalist/naturalist view of human persons and defends theistic accounts of human nature. He responds to the widespread assertion that human consciousness is nothing more than "software" that can one day be downloaded into supercomputers. Drawing on C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, Dickerson gets at the heart of human nature itself, highlighting a far richer vision of personhood, creativity, and love. This thought-provoking book on a timely topic will appeal to those interested in science and religion, philosophy, and technology; readers of the materialist New Atheists; and anyone who simply cares what it means to be human.

Author Bio

Matthew Dickerson (PhD, Cornell University) is professor of computer science and environmental studies at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, and the author of From Homer to Harry Potter; Narnia and the Fields of Arbol; and Ents, Elves, and Eriador. He is an internationally known Tolkien scholar and directs the New England Young Writers' Conference at Bread Loaf.

Publisher's Weekly

What defines human? In the age of the computer, the author (From Homer to Harry Potter) looks at the futuristic works of authors like Ray Kurzweil concerned with mind, body, and spirit in the present day and compares them to the supernatural world of the Bible. In between he examines the human quest through science and reason. During the journey, Dickerson examines thinkers of the Enlightenment; the creative voice of J. R. R. Tolkien; biologist Richard Dawkins; and behavioral psychologist B.F. Skinner. "The debate directly relates to the question of whether humans are just complex computers," the author writes. There is much here that reconciles reason with faith in the Bible as the author finds reason plays a great part within the sacred scriptures. This complex, thoughtful book will be of interest to those who want to know where computers are taking modern society. (May) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.

Product Reviews

Product Q&A



Other Customers Also Purchased

  1. Authentic Faith: Bonhoeffer's Theological Ethics in Context
    Authentic Faith: Bonhoeffer's Theological Ethics in Context
    Heinz Eduard Todt
    Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2007 / Trade Paperback
    $5.59 Retail: $28.00 Save 80% ($22.41)
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW803825
  2. Lamentations: Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary [THOTC]
    Lamentations: Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary [THOTC]
    Robin Parry
    Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2010 / Trade Paperback
    $1.99 Retail: $22.00 Save 91% ($20.01)
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW827142
  3. The Good Works Reader
    The Good Works Reader
    Thomas C. Oden
    Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2006 / Trade Paperback
    $1.99 Retail: $26.00 Save 92% ($24.01)
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW840310
  4. A Commentary on the Apocalypse of John
    A Commentary on the Apocalypse of John
    Edmondo F. Lupieri
    Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / Trade Paperback
    $5.99 Retail: $38.00 Save 84% ($32.01)
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW860736

Find Related Products

Author/Artist Review

Start A New Christianbook.com Search