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Am I just my brain? Sharon Dirckx

Good Book Company 143 Pages £7. 99 ISBN 9 781 784 982751

Watch out!  Spoiler alert.  The answer to the question: “Am I just my brain?”, is “no!”

This is a well-researched and well-written book on a topic of great contemporary significance and relevance. The author brings a truckload of wisdom and expertise to the table as she explores different definitions of the brain and what that might mean for our understanding of its function and its relationship to other aspects of our distinctive human identity and personhood.

In eight brief chapters, the author helps the reader explore these other aspects and why a solely material approach to our brain is inadequate for understanding who we are.

I found the exploration of the difference between the physical brain and the mind useful. There is also helpful material on our memories, the process of belief, and why we think.

The last question “Why do I think?  Is a great way into an evangelistic process of guiding people to consider what makes a human being truly human? It is important in the contemporary debate of the nature and place of human beings in the world to be reminded of what makes us special.

This would be a valuable book for anyone to read who has an interest in religion, philosophy, medicine and anthropology. 

John Woods is pastor of Lancing Tabernacle in West Sussex

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