What happens when we accept that everything we feel and think stems not from an immaterial spirit but from electrical and chemical activity in our brains? To neurophilosopher Patricia Churchland, author of Touching a Nerve, we harmonize science and philosophy, the mind and the brain, abstract ideals and daily life—and embrace a conception of ourselves unshackled by superstition. Revealing the latest research into consciousness, memory, and free will, Churchland helps us wrap our brains around the concept by explaining the neural workings that underlie identity and grounding the philosophy of mind in the essential ingredients of biology, even as she re-examines enduring philosophical, ethical, and spiritual questions: What shapes our personalities? How do we account for near-death experiences? Why do we feel empathy?
Presented by: Town Hall and University Book Store as part of The Seattle Science Lectures, sponsored by Microsoft. Series media sponsorship provided by KPLU.
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Learn more: About Churchland.