Sharon Dirckx

Sharon Dirckx

In Am I Just My Brain? neuroscientist Sharon Dirckx lays out the current understanding of who we are from biologists, philosophers, theologians and psychologists, and points towards a bigger picture, that suggests answers to the fundamental questions of our existence. Not just "What am I?", but "Who am I?" – and "Why am I?"

Take a godly look at the brain

19 August 2019Many people, regardless of their beliefs about God, perceive prayer to be a useful religious activity. But what happens in the brain when people pray? In recent years, this discipline of the devout has been studied closely by neuroscientists. Professor Andrew Newberg, the director of research at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health and a physician at Jefferson University Hospital, and others have pioneered research into Buddhist meditation, rituals, trance states and Christian prayer, as…

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Can I be a scientist and a Christian?

25 May 2019I haven’t always believed in God. From an early age, I knew I wanted to be a scientist. At school, I was naturally drawn to the sciences and mathematics, finding English essays more stressful. My A-level biology teacher recommended I read ‘The Selfish Gene’ by Richard Dawkins, and I remember pondering his view that humans are biological machines controlled by their DNA. This clearly had an effect on me because, when I arrived at university as an agnostic, I had developed the view that belief in…

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