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World Thinkers 2014: Patricia Churchland

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By Prospect Team  

Patricia Churchland is a professor of philosophy at the University of California, San Diego. Her work explores the impact of scientific developments on our understanding of consciousness, the self, free will, decision making, ethics, learning, and religion, and issues concerning the neurobiological basis of consciousness, the self, and free will. Her recent books include Touching a Nerve: The Self as Brain (WW Norton, 2013) and Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality (Princeton, 2011) which the Guardian described as “superbly written” and “dense-with-thinking.”

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