ID the Future Intelligent Design, Evolution, and Science Podcast

Neurosurgeon Uprising: Michael Egnor Takes on Mind/Brain Materialism

Michael Egnor
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On this episode of ID the Future we hear a neurosurgeon’s take on materialist philosophical views of the mind. One currently common view, eliminative materialism, says there is nothing to the mind except what goes on in the brain.

But do brain studies involving both imaging and surgery deliver an emphatic rebuttal? The evidence, Egnor says, strongly suggests there’s more to the human mind than the physical, material brain alone can explain. His discussion is drawn from bonus material accompanying the new, action-filled and thought-provoking Science Uprising series of short videos on science, materialism, and intelligent design at

Michael Egnor

Senior Fellow, Center for Natural & Artificial Intelligence
Michael R. Egnor, MD, is a Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics at State University of New York, Stony Brook, has served as the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, and award-winning brain surgeon. He was named one of New York’s best doctors by the New York Magazine in 2005. He received his medical education at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital. His research on hydrocephalus has been published in journals including Journal of Neurosurgery, Pediatrics, and Cerebrospinal Fluid Research. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Hydrocephalus Association in the United States and has lectured extensively throughout the United States and Europe.