Patricia Churchland and Her New Book, Braintrust
Video from The Science Network
Patricia Churchland is one of the most interesting public intellectuals of our time. Since the publication in 1986 of her seminal book “Neurophilosophy”, which began to explain the neural underpinnings of an enormous tradition of philosophy, Churchland has been a major force in helping us understand how neuroscience explains complicated issues like morality.
The Science Network interviewed Churchland along with her husband Paul, a philosopher and emeritus professor at the University of California, San Diego in 2006. It was one of the first conversations posted on the website. She has presented at The Science Network’s Beyond Belief conferences, debated with Sam Harris, is a member of The Science Network advisory board, a professor emerita at the University of California, San Diego, and an adjunct professor at the Salk Institute.
Her new book “Braintrust” explains how neuroscience informs morality. Recently The Science Network recorded a conversation about these issues at Columbia University between Roger Bingham, Director of The Science Network, Jesse Prinze of City University of New York. Bingham followed up with Churchland for a more in depth discussion about "Braintrust" as a part of TSN's Science Studio series. Finally, TSN filmed a more informal presentation Churchland gave about “Braintrust” at Warwick’s bookstore in La Jolla, California.
Watch the video.
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