Online – Being human – Am I just my brain? 


7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Changed to online – Dr Sharon Dirckx

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In view of the very high rates of Covid at present we have reluctantly decided to make the next Bristol CiS lecture an online event.  The lecture is the third in our current series on “Science Faith and Society – a Christian Perspective”.

Talk starts at 7.30pm

Outline of lecture – Being Human – am I just my brain 
Many contemporary debates, from artificial intelligence to human rights, come down to the question of what exactly human beings are. Is there anything special about homo sapiens? Do we have a soul? Or are we just sophisticated biological machines? What are we to make of the view that humans are merely driven by their neurons? In this lecture, Dr. Dirckx, a former neuroscientist, draws from neuroscience, philosophy, theology and medicine to address vital questions on human identity.

The speaker 
Sharon Dirckx is a speaker and author at OCCA The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. Originally from a scientific background, she has a PhD in brain imaging from the University of Cambridge and has held research positions in the UK and USA. Sharon speaks and lectures across the UK and beyond on science and theology, ‘mind and soul’ and the problem of evil. Sharon has appeared on several BBC programmes including Songs of Praise, Radio 2 Good Morning Sunday and Radio 4 Beyond Belief. She is also the author of the award-winning book on suffering, entitled Why?: Looking at God, evil and personal suffering (2013). Her latest book, Am I just my brain? (2019), examines questions of human identity from the perspectives of neuroscience, philosophy and theology.