Archive for February 2011

Gender Roles

Gender Roles in Christianity

A while back, I got a request from my sister that I should write up something on my blog about gender roles in religion. And while I, the good brother that I am, have been trying to do so, such a topic is a difficult one to cover. The difficulty is that religion, with all its diversity, has had numerous effects, both positive and negative, on gender roles. While Hindus, for example, have goddesses that are worshiped, Islam has women living behind black veils. Such a topic would be too broad. So what about Christianity specifically? Even within just this one religion, there have been numerous responses to gender roles over the centuries of the Christian religion. But I will do my best to examine some of the answers that have been given from the first century CE until today, as well as a more general discussion about why gender roles exist and whether they are helpful or harmful to society.Continue Reading

Consciousness

All About the Brain (Part 3)

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In Part 1 I discussed the physical structures of the brain, as well as a couple of the functions that it performs. In Part 2, I traced through the evolutionary development of the brain, from simple to complex. Now, in this final article, I’d like to talk about those things that we think of as making us “truly human.”Continue Reading

Animal brains

All About the Brain (Part 2)

In Part 1 of the series, I discussed some of the basic structures and functions of the brain. Obviously there was much in that article that I did not cover, but for this next article I’d like to discuss how the brain might have developed through evolutionary processes. I’m going to use some of the things we learned in Part 1 to make my argument here. But let’s first talk just a little bit about evolution in general.Continue Reading

Brain

All About the Brain (Part 1)

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If there’s one thing that fascinates me most, it’s the brain. How such a drab pinkish-grey organ can achieve so much—the perception and interpretation of everything around us—is amazing. And as an aspiring psychologist soon to complete my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and (hopefully) go on to graduate school, I happen to think that there is much we can learn about the brain. But of course, because the brain is a complex organ that even scientists do not fully understand yet, many people know very little about how it functions. In addition, the brain is sometimes used as the “magic bullet” of intelligent design. Some say, “The brain is too complex to have evolved by chance!” Others claim, “Science cannot explain consciousness, which suggests that it is a non-physical process that can only be explained by the existence of a soul.” Truly, the brain is shrouded in mystery, which allows for all manner of conjectures about what its “ultimate purpose” is.Continue Reading