Patricia Churchland is the author of, most recently, Conscience: The Origins of Moral Intuition and Touching a Nerve: Our Brains, Our Selves. She is professor emerita of philosophy at the University of California, San Diego, and the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. She lives in San Diego.
... her conclusion-that conscience is not as fixed or universal as we might like to think-is a fascinating and provocative one. -- Economia Conscience is illuminating, entertaining and wise. -- Nature No one blends philosophy and neuroscience as well as Patricia Churchland. Here she provides a much-needed correction to the usual emphasis on reasoning and logic in moral philosophy. Our judgements are guided by ancient intuitions and brain processes shared with other mammals. -- Frans de Waal