I am convinced there will always be degree of mystery about what it means to be a person. But this doesn’t mean we cannot approach the problem from different perspectives and glean new insights. In September 2014 I was privileged to deliver the James Gregory Lecture on Science, Religion and Human Flourishing and I chose to examine this very topic. The lecture series is named after a 17th-century Scottish scientist and mathematician who invented the first reflecting telescope, and is run by the Scientists in Congregations Scotland organisation. You can watch my lecture below and then in the second video see the question session which followed it.
Lecture and Q&A: What is a person? Insights from neuroscience and Christianity
My hospital unit's success in treating very ill premature babies and their brain injuries threw up difficult challenges about defining personhood