Scientists, philosophers, and theologians have developed models of humankind that vary from a whole person (monism, only the sum of physical parts) to dualism (body and survivable soul) to tricotomies (such as three parts in the image of a triune God). The emergent property of a “self” separable from the human body and possibly surviving it is recognized as a concept common to some faiths and some sciences.
About our presenter:
Gerry Wood came to Los Alamos after completing a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2004 he retired after 35 years at LANL, working mostly in health and safety areas. Since then he has continued to consult for the CDC, Army, EPA, and private companies. He has been a member of the Los Alamos Church of Christ for 47 years, the last 25 years serving as one of the elders there. He has been involved with the Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum for three years. For more information see GerryOWood.com.