BSP 81 marks the return of philosopher Patricia Churchland, who I first interviewed back in Episode 55. Our recent conversation focuses on her latest book, Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality. We discuss the historical background and contrast Churchland's approach to that of Sam Harris in The Moral Landscape. Then Professor Churchland discusses how recent discoveries in neuroscience are shedding light on the evolutionary origins of morality.
It's a fascinating conversation that you won't want to miss.
Listen to BSP 81 (Free mp3)Episode Transcript (Free PDF)
- On Liberty (1859) by John Stewart Mill (Available free from Project Gutenberg)
- Neurophilosophy: Toward a Unified Science of the Mind-Brain by Patricia Smith Churchland
- Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality by Patricia S. Churchland
- The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values by Sam Harris
- Brain Science Podcast 55: my first interview with Patricia Churchland (2009).
- Churchland's appearance on recent Charlie Rose Show (12/5/2011)
- Interview with social psychologist Carol Tavris (2011).
- Check the free episode transcript for links to the numerous scientists mentioned in this interview.
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Saturday, January 28, 2012
Brain Science Podcast - Patricia Churchland on Neuroscience and Morality (BSP 81)
Patricia Churchland is the guest on the new episode of the Brain Science Podcast. Churchland's most recent work has been on the neuroscience of morality, Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality. An interesting part of the discussion is comparing Churchland's view to that of Sam Harris, (The Moral Landscape).