Patricia Churchland - Beyond Belief 2006
Pat Churchland gave one of the more interesting presentations at Beyond Belief 2006 summed up nicely by her statement that,"the axiom that values come from reason or religion is wrong... There are better ways of ensuring moral motivation than scaring the crap out of people."
Patricia Churchland, who chairs the University of California, San Diego Philosophy Department, focuses also on neuroethics and attempts to understand choice, responsibility and the basis of moral norms in terms of brain function, evolution and brain-culture interactions. Her books include Brain-Wise, Neurophilosophy: Toward a Unified Science of the Mind-Brain and On the Contrary, with Paul M. Churchland.This is part of session five you can find it at Beyond Belief 2006 the discussion after she speaks is very good.
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