This documentary takes you on an interdisciplinary journey with neuroscientists, philosophers, and theologians.
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The human brain performs astonishing feats. Neuroscientists attempt to understand how the brain works and find themselves confronted with the most fundamental questions about humanity: how is our personality connected to the structure of our brain? Could computers develop consciousness? Can the "I" be found in the brain? Do human beings have free will? Is consciousness possible without a brain? Are the experiences of God or transcendence merely an illusion of the neuron? This documentary takes you on an interdisciplinary journey with neuroscientists, philosophers, theologians, all asking these great questions, and points to where science exceeds its limit to become a world view.
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Presenting a Christian perspective on the greater mysteries of the human brain, this documentary begins with a look at empirical knowledge of how the brain works, and then gradually zooms out to ask questions about how the brain’s billions of neurons process identity, choice, personality, and our experiences of God. These areas of metaphysical questioning suggest the limitations of neuroscience—which doesn’t concern itself with what a person is thinking—when it comes to what it can tell us about higher functioning. Is the soul a facet of the brain? Are transcendent encounters of God’s presence real or are they chemical in nature? Inevitably, the subject of artificial intelligence comes up, with queries about whether computers will one day replicate the rationality of the human brain. All of these subjects are explored in an interdisciplinary fashion by scientists, theologians, and philosophers in this speculative documentary that raises interesting questions about the nature of human reflection. Presented in both a full-length version and a 38-minute abridgement, this is recommended. Aud: P. (T. Keogh)