“Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.”
Patricia Churchland is a the distinguished founder of neurophilosophy. A pioneer of eliminative materialism, Patricia heralds a radically different way to understand the brain, arguing that ideas like pure morality and reason will eventually be abandoned in favour of a purely scientific view of the human mind. She has researched and published on many topics related to the mind and brain, recently focusing on the evolutionary and neurological origins of our inherent sense of morality. She argues the mind-body problem is not one that will be solved by philosophers but by neuroscientists; though our current knowledge of the mind is currently so elementary that even if a solution were to present itself, it’s likely we would not understand it.
Patricia is the UC President's Professor of Philosophy Emerita at the University of California, a board-member of Moscow State University, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the Cognitive Science Society. Her recent books include Conscience: The Origins of Moral Intuition and Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality.
"No one blends philosophy and neuroscience as well as Patricia S. Churchland." - Frans de Waal