James A. Little Theater
Community Event
Speaker: 
Patrisia Churland

Touching a Nerve: The Self as Brain

What shapes our personalities? How do we account for near-death experiences? How do we make decisions? And 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? Neurophilosopher Churchland grounds the philosophy of mind in the essential ingredients of biology, offering lucid explanations of the neural workings that underlie identity. Churchland explores how the latest research into consciousness, memory and free will can help us reexamine enduring philosophical, ethical, and spiritual questions.

AuthorsPatricia Churchland

What shapes our personalities? How do we account for near-death experiences? How do we make decisions? And 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? Neurophilosopher Churchland grounds the philosophy of mind in the essential ingredients of biology, offering lucid explanations of the neural workings that underlie identity. Churchland explores how the latest research into consciousness, memory and free will can help us reexamine enduring philosophical, ethical, and spiritual questions.

Patricia Churchland is a Canadian-American philosopher and author of Touching a Nerve: The Self as Brain. Churchland was a 1991 MacArthur Fellow and currently teaches at the University of California, San Diego and at the Salk Institute. 

SFI’s Community Lecture series is generously sponsored by Thornburg Investment Management

Purpose: 
SFI Community Lecture
SFI Host: 
Juniper Lovato

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