From the Jan/Feb, 2013 issue of Touchstone

Matter & Humanity by J. Daryl Charles

Book Review

Matter & Humanity

The Mind and the Machine: What It Means to Be Human and Why It Matters
by Matthew Dickerson
Brazos, 2011
(258 pages, variously priced, paperback)

reviewed by J. Daryl Charles

Ours is a most intriguing age. It bears the mark of schizophrenia yet stridency, of epistemological uncertainty yet deep-seated incorrigibility, of ethical ambiguity yet stunning intransigence. What consensually has been assumed by both ancients and moderns—namely, that the species Homo sapiens (literally, the knowing, wise, or rational species) is unique among . . .


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