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Patricia Churchland

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1 | Origins of Our Warm-Blooded Morality ~ Patricia Churchland

On Humans

Why do we care for others? Why did morality evolve? Is unselfish behaviour possible in a Darwinian world? Patricia Churchland joins to discuss these topics with your host, Ilari Mäkelä. Author of Conscience: Origins of Moral Intuition, Patricia Churchland is an emerita professor of Philosophy at UC San Diego. Ilari and Professor Churchland discuss topics such as: Warm-bloodedness and morality Psychological egoism vs unselfish behaviour Neurobiology of care: Oxytocin, cannabinoids, opioids Elements of morality: How much of morality is about care, vs problem-solving, cooperation, and social learning? Churchland’s criticism of Western moral philosophy Neurophilosophy: is studying the brain all that useful? Free will: does studying the brain show that free will does not exist? Technical terms mentioned: Endothermy (i.e. warm-bloodedness) Cortex Oxytocin, vasopressin Endogenous opioids and cannabinoids Utilitarian ethics Kantian ethics (i.e. deontology) Metta meditation Vitalism Names mentioned: Christophe Boesch (chimpanzee adoption) Peggy Mason (helping behaviour in rats) Sue Carter (oxytocin and stress) David Hume & Adam Smith Mencius (early Confucian philosopher) [For Ilari’s article on Mencius, see An Empirical Argument for Mencius' Theory of Human Nature]  The Dalai Lama (H.H. the 14th) Simon Blackburn (contemporary Cambridge philosopher) Dan Bowling (placebo and oxytocin) Olivia Goldhill (review of Conscience for the New York Times) Lidija Haas (review of Conscience for the Harper Magazine) Other scholars to follow (Churchland’s recommendations) Topics in this interview Frans de Waal Owen Flanagan Philosophy & neuroscience more generally Nick Lane (genetics and evolution) Ann-Sophie Barwich (neurophilosophy of smell) Gregory Berns (soon to appear on the podcast) Ned Block (philosophy of cognition)

1hr 7mins

1 Oct 2022

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Has philosophy lost its stories? | Galen Strawson, Patricia Churchland, Hilary Lawson

Philosophy For Our Times

Is metaphysics back in fashion? Or is philosophy getting increasingly lost?Looking for a link we mentioned? It's here: https://linktr.ee/philosophyforourtimesThe twentieth century began with a revolutionary new approach to philosophy. The great arguments about the nature of reality and human experience were deemed empty and meaningless. A new philosophical broom, in the form of analytic philosophy, claimed to sweep away vacuous grand theories and replace them with hard logic and analysis and a close attention to the meaning of the words. Yet, a hundred years on metaphysics is back. Theories of consciousness and the character of reality are once again the topic of debate.Should we welcome this return to stories about the ultimate character of the world? Or do they risk being empty, conveying little other than the prejudices and desires of their authors? Are grand metaphysical theories about the nature of reality and consciousness vital topics of debate or a set of fairy tales?Legendary Neurophilosophy pioneer Patricia Churchland, Closure theorist Hilary Lawson and analytic philosopher Galen Strawson lock horns over the future of metaphysics.There are thousands of big ideas to discover at IAI.tv – videos, articles, and courses waiting for you to explore. Find out more: https://iai.tv/podcast-offers?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=shownotes&utm_campaign=the-return-of-metaphysicsSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

42mins

22 Mar 2022

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Patricia Churchland: Eliminative Materialism, Neurophilosophy & the Origins of Conscience & Morality

Mind-Body Solution with Dr Tevin Naidu

WATCH: https://youtu.be/6IVBxmaaGNgPatricia Churchland is Professor Emerita of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego and an Adjunct Professor at the Salk Institute. She holds degrees from Oxford University, the University of Pittsburg and the University of British Columbia. She has contributed to the fields of philosophy of neuroscience, philosophy of the mind and neuroethics. Her research has centered on the interface between neuroscience and philosophy with a current focus on the association of morality and the social brain. She has been awarded the MacArthur Prize, The Rossi Prize for Neuroscience and the Prose Prize for Science. She has authored multiple pioneering books has has served as President of the American Philosophical Association and the Society for Philosophy and Psychology.EPISODE LINKS:- Pat's Website: https://patriciachurchland.com/- Pat's Twitter: https://twitter.com/patchurchland- Pat's Books: https://www.amazon.com/Patricia-S.-Churchland/e/B004QVSURY%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share- Pat's Publications: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=tbBE8QwAAAAJ&hl=enCONNECT:- Website: https://tevinnaidu.com- Instagram: https://instagram.com/drtevinnaidu- Facebook: https://facebook.com/drtevinnaidu- Twitter: https://twitter.com/drtevinnaidu- LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/drtevinnaiduTIMESTAMPS:(0:00) - Introduction(1:28) - What is consciousness?(7:32) - Eliminative Materialism(14:55) - Neurophilosophy(17:57) - Atypical brains(21:44) - If mind is brain, psychiatry implications(28:58) - Evolution of awareness & sleep(34:23) - Origins of moral intuition & a conscience(41:31) - Why the transition to neuroethics?(50:58) - Neuroexistentialism & free will(59:10) - Pat's religious/spiritual views(1:06:41) - Immediate social altruism vs effective altruism(1:09:51) - Selfish gene(1:12:58) - Mental health(1:17:41) - New brain data(1:21:36) - AI(1:23:11) - Pat's book recommendations(1:26:56) - Conclusion Website · YouTube

1hr 26mins

17 Mar 2022

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Was Max Planck right about consciousness? | Patricia Churchland, Brian Greene, Amanda Gefter and Laura Mersini-Houghton

Philosophy For Our Times

Was Planck wrong or was he into something? Our experts discuss.Looking for a link we mentioned? It's here: https://linktr.ee/philosophyforourtimesMost of us, scientists included, see physics as an attempt to provide an objective description of the world independent of human subjectivity and consciousness. Yet, Max Planck, one of major scientific figures of the twentieth century and the founder of quantum mechanics, stated as a result of his investigations and experiments: “I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness.”Should we listen to Planck? Can we plausibly see matter as derivative of consciousness? Might doing so help solve the deep puzzles facing contemporary physics and overcome the ‘hard problem of consciousness’ itself? Or does this outlook, as Einstein argued, undermine the very success and objectivity of science and take us back to a world of superstition?Cosmologist, theoretical physicist Laura Mersini-Houghton, groundbreaking physicist Brian Greene, esteemed physics and philosophy writer Amanda Gefter and eliminative materialism pioneer Patricia Churchland debate Planck and the Consciousness Puzzle. Catherine Heymans hosts.There are thousands of big ideas to discover at IAI.tv – videos, articles, and courses waiting for you to explore. Find out more: https://iai.tv/podcast-offers?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=shownotes&utm_campaign=was-planck-right-about-consciousnessSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

44mins

19 Oct 2021

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Patricia Churchland, “Philosophy of Brain” (Open Agenda, 2021)

Ideas Roadshow Podcast

Philosophy of Brain is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and neurophilosopher Patricia Churchland, UC San Diego. Patricia Churchland has done extensive research in the fields of philosophy of neuroscience, philosophy of the mind and neuroethics. During this mind-stretching conversation Patricia explores how the brain works, how we are able to represent the external world of objects and our inner world of thoughts, self and consciousness.Howard Burton is the founder of the Ideas Roadshow, Ideas on Film and host of the Ideas Roadshow Podcast. He can be reached at howard@ideasroadshow.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 37mins

26 Jul 2021

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Patricia Churchland, “Philosophy of Brain” (Open Agenda, 2021)

New Books in Neuroscience

Philosophy of Brain is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and neurophilosopher Patricia Churchland, UC San Diego. Patricia Churchland has done extensive research in the fields of philosophy of neuroscience, philosophy of the mind and neuroethics. During this mind-stretching conversation Patricia explores how the brain works, how we are able to represent the external world of objects and our inner world of thoughts, self and consciousness.Howard Burton is the founder of the Ideas Roadshow, Ideas on Film and host of the Ideas Roadshow Podcast. He can be reached at howard@ideasroadshow.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/neuroscience

1hr 37mins

26 Jul 2021

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Patricia Churchland, “Philosophy of Brain” (Open Agenda, 2021)

New Books in Psychology

Philosophy of Brain is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and neurophilosopher Patricia Churchland, UC San Diego. Patricia Churchland has done extensive research in the fields of philosophy of neuroscience, philosophy of the mind and neuroethics. During this mind-stretching conversation Patricia explores how the brain works, how we are able to represent the external world of objects and our inner world of thoughts, self and consciousness.Howard Burton is the founder of the Ideas Roadshow, Ideas on Film and host of the Ideas Roadshow Podcast. He can be reached at howard@ideasroadshow.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/psychology

1hr 37mins

26 Jul 2021

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Patricia Churchland, “Philosophy of Brain” (Open Agenda, 2021)

New Books in Science, Technology, and Society

Philosophy of Brain is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and neurophilosopher Patricia Churchland, UC San Diego. Patricia Churchland has done extensive research in the fields of philosophy of neuroscience, philosophy of the mind and neuroethics. During this mind-stretching conversation Patricia explores how the brain works, how we are able to represent the external world of objects and our inner world of thoughts, self and consciousness.Howard Burton is the founder of the Ideas Roadshow, Ideas on Film and host of the Ideas Roadshow Podcast. He can be reached at howard@ideasroadshow.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/science-technology-and-society

1hr 37mins

26 Jul 2021

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The neuroscience of consciousness | Patricia Churchland

Philosophy For Our Times

Is consciousness all in the brain after all? Listen to find out!Looking for a link we mentioned? It's here: https://linktr.ee/philosophyforourtimesHave you ever made a decision and wondered why you made it? Or wondered where your morality comes from? Renowned philosopher of mind and founder of Neurophilosophy Patricia Churchland takes us on a journey into the brain, the nature and data of morality and the origins of nonconscious decision-making.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.There are thousands of big ideas to discover at IAI.tv – videos, articles, and courses waiting for you to explore. Find out more: https://iai.tv/podcast-offers?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=shownotes&utm_campaign=the-neuroscience-of-consciousnessSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

24mins

6 Jul 2021

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Patricia Churchland: Om vad moralfilosofin har att lära av neurovetenskapen

Fri Tanke-podden

When I was thinking about how neuroscience might impact some of the philosophical questions about the mind, I really had no expectation that we, in my lifetime, would come to learn things that would bare upon the questions of how it is that we have these very strong feelings of what’s right and what’s wrong.Gäst i veckans podd är neurofilosofen Patricia Churchland, som nyligen utkommit med boken Samvete. I veckans samtal diskuteras neurovetenskapens påverkan på moral- och medvetandefilosofins centrala frågor, och de framsteg som nu görs mot ett svar på medvetandets mysterium. Dessutom avhandlas de sätt på vilka en individs temperament verkar påverka hennes politiska grunduppfattning, varför panpsykism inte är mer än en galen idé och varför Peter Singer har fel på avgörande punkter.Vilken bäring har vår neurologiska beskaffenhet på våra moraliska intuitioner? Finns det objektiva moraliska värden? Och kan det vara berättigat att relativa även våra mest grundläggande moraliska principer under extrema omständigheter? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

54mins

18 Jun 2021

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