Published on August 21, 2011 by Steve Donaldson  

Dr. Steve Donaldson will conduct a student cadre entitled “Scientific Perspectives on Consciousness, Freewill, and the Soul” during the fall, 2011 semester. Advances in understanding brain structure and function have led to a flurry of activity among philosophers and scientists alike in an attempt to understand the nature of consciousness. Perspectives on these issues come from disciplines as diverse as cognitive science, neuroscience, physiology, psychology, theology, philosophy, anthropology, artificial intelligence, mathematics, and biology and extend to the very essence of what it means to be human. Perhaps most significantly, these insights have raised a number of fascinating questions that go to the very core of human nature as spiritual beings. Students can earn up to eight convocation credits for attending.