There is plenty of discussion of brains, but it is well balanced with a qualification of historical philosophy and current events, a mark of a great writer, I think. What is does not have to be. In any case, I think that what Churchland is doing is phenomenal, both from a philosophy of mind standpoint her ability to move between discussions of brain states and mental states is indicative of what I feel the philosophy of mind in the future will have to be like and from the standpoint of ethics which I was shocked by her proficiency in. In particular, I’d really like to praise the chapter on behavioral genetics and the chapter on social cognition. Get out of here. The anterior cingulate cortex helps us navigate the demands between self care and concern directed towards others which can come into conflict. Churchland draws on current neuroscience and philosophy to support her arguments.

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Is something moral because god wills it or does god will it because it is neurosxience. By far the strongest suit of this book. Churchland an accomplished philosopher herself is married to renowned neuroscientist Paul Churchland and has a son and daughter who are also neuroscientists.

In the fourth neurosscience, Churchland focuses on the neurobiology of oxytocin nneuroscience its effects on trust and caring relationships. In other words, she argues that the brain is responsible for all human emotions and hence morality, but she fails to explain why morality has been adaptive and why it evolved the way it did.

An overall good read. This is a 5 star book if there ever was one, and if you have any interest in ethics, neuroscience, and psychology, or are just curious as to how and why people have morality, read this! It shows how we are able to value moral laws as good or bad without any oder profound rules because our evaluation is grounded in the emotions and passions that are common in human beings since their childhood. The relations between genes and behavior, a whwt proposition.


braintrust what neuroscience tells us about morality

How evolution explains our moral nature. The thrust of the book is the claim that a naturalistic morality is possible and plausible, and her goal here is to show how scientific findings can help explain how such morlaity comes about and operates.

In this easy-to-read book Patricia Churchland argues convincingly that morality comes from our biology. The evolved structure, processes, and chemistry of the brain incline humans to strive not only for self-preservation but for the well-being of allied selves–first offspring, neuuroscience mates, kin, and so on, in wider and wider “caring” circles.

Besides the law giver argument of Morality has been subject to Euterypho’s question first posed by Plato. This book will teach you all about origin of morality and neurobiology. She describes the “neurobiological platform of bonding” that, modified by evolutionary pressures and cultural values, has led to human styles of moral behavio What is morality? Not only is the thing she comes up with something that there would be disagreement about, she provides no motive with the formulation of the maxim.

At the same aout, it seems unlikely that a scholar with a philosophical background would find himself interested in detailed neurobiological arguments and discussions that are provided in this book. But dammit Patricia, you could have run so much farther with this!

Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us About Morality

On aims and methods of ethology. The last two chapters on philosophy and religion as it relates to ethics are very well written, yet concise. The result is a provocative genealogy of morals that asks us to reevaluate the priority given to religion, absolute rules, and pure reason in accounting for the basis of morality. The point is, I prefer not buy into one, or be asked to, until some results bear upon its truth.


Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us About Morality by Patricia S. Churchland

In particular, the sections on mirror neurons cut through the hype that surrounds them. That is a rare thing in a lot of philosophy texts, and Churchland is very clear about the fact that her views are her views, and not strictly those of the scientific or philosophical community. She is also called a naturalist, because she beuroscience scientific research is the best basis for understanding the nature of the mind.

braintrust what neuroscience tells us about morality

Jan 15, Christopher Roberts rated it liked it Shelves: Then this is a great book to read. The origins of fairness: Interview with Patricia Churchland 10 25 Feb 29, Links work great, thank you Kindle.

braintrust what neuroscience tells us about morality

It was not concise and fell into repetition or went into meandering digressions on moral philosophy. A little more passion. This is a major problem about her book is that it is basically an argument for Virtue Ethics that is attempting to use science but nfuroscience, while Sam Harris’s book is a book where he is arguing for utilitarianism based on science but failing.

Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us About Morality

Cooperating and Trusting, 5. What Neuroscience Tells Us about MoralityChurchland asks where values come from, and incorporates biological sciences with philosophy to answer the related moral questions.

The Churchland name might as well be shat with neuroscience.