Conversations Beyond Science and Religion – Mind from Brain?
How the mind — this ephemeral thing that is the source of thought, creativity, and the will — arises from the gray matter of the brain is among science’s deepest mysteries. Philip Mereton’s guest this week, W.R. Klemm, Senior Professor of Neuroscience at Texas A&M University and author of the new book, Mental Biology: The New Science of How Brain and Mind Relate, parts company with mainstream neuroscience on this topic. Rather than accept the orthodox view that the mind is simply a passive observer and that free will is an illusion, Professor Klemm presents evidence that the mind is as real as the brain and that free will, and the personal responsibility it entails, actually exists. Listen in as Philip Mereton digs into these issues with the professor, and offers his own view at the end of the show.