Marilynne Robinson: Don’t Let Neuroscience Banish Mystery From Human Life

I find the soul a valuable concept, a statement of the dignity of a human life and of the unutterable gravity of human action and experience… I am not prepared to concede objectivity to the arbitrarily reductionist model of reality that has so long claimed, and been granted, this virtue. The new cosmologies open so many ways of reconceiving the universe(s) that all sorts of speculations are respectable now… These new cosmologies preclude almost nothing, except ‘the physical’ as a special category. The physicality enshrined by neuroscientists as the measure of all things is not objectivity, but instead a pure artifact of the scale at which, and the means by which, we and our devices perceive. So to invoke it as the test and standard of reality is quintessentially anthropocentric.[Read Article]