Affective Neuroscience and the Problem of Consciousness
The human sciences, as well as the humanities, are re-discovering the central role of feeling and emotion in our experiences of self, other, and God. In this presentation, David Hogue, PhD, professor of pastoral theology and counseling at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, will explore some recent discoveries in the neurosciences that promise to shed light on the ways human beings become self-aware, and conscious of the Other. In addition, the role of unconscious processes in shaping human behavior, as well as consciousness, is receiving increased attention. These discoveries will also inform an argument that most of our emotional life functions well below the level of awareness yet may be shaped by our religious practices.