BYU Studies Quarterly
Mormon studies, review essay, neuroscience
During the twentieth century, many in the emerging fields of brain science operated under the assumption of absolute biological mate- rialism—the idea that all reality in life can be reduced to our natural, physical dimension. For example, some neuroscientists sought to explain the deep mysteries of human consciousness not as any cosmic intercon- nection of spirit and matter but merely as a series of chemical reactions in the brain. Such assumptions in reductive materialism and pure determin- ism may sometimes be necessary within the realm of controlled scientific inquiry; but when adopted as a way of life, determinism has profound repercussions not only in the public realm of political strife but also in the quieter realm of personal struggle.
Summerhays, James T.
"Twisted Thoughts and Elastic Molecules: Recent Developments in Neuroplasticity,"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 49:
1, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol49/iss1/7