What We Are Reading Today: Conscience by Patricia S. Churchland

Updated 01 July 2019
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What We Are Reading Today: Conscience by Patricia S. Churchland

  • Conscience “delves into scientific studies, particularly the fascinating work on twins

Author Patricia S. Churchland is a founding figure in the field of neurophilosophy, which, as the name suggests, combines scientific study of the brain with the academic discipline of philosophy.

“The brain developed in such a way as to enable certain moral inclinations and actions, and so, in Churchland’s view, neuroscience is key to understanding conscience,” said critic Olivia Goldhill in a review published in The New York Times.

“Not only that, Churchland argues that the instincts derived from these biological faculties are a stronger foundation for moral theory than traditional philosophy. To make her case she devotes three quarters of her book to scientific findings connecting brain functions to moral behavior,” said Goldhill. 

Conscience “delves into scientific studies, particularly the fascinating work on twins, to deepen our understanding of whether people have a predisposition to embrace specific ethical stands,” said a review in goodreads.com. 

Churchland is a Canadian-American philosopher working at the University of California, San Diego since 1984.


Bahraini TV star Sabrin Burshaid dies after battling cancer

Sabrin Burshaid died on Monday morning at the age of 34. (Instagram)
Updated 22 July 2019
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Bahraini TV star Sabrin Burshaid dies after battling cancer

DUBAI: Bahraini TV presenter and actor Sabrin Burshaid died on Monday morning, at the age of 34.

The star had been battling cancer after being diagnosed with lymphoma earlier this year. According to media reports, Burshaid was found to have three brain tumors and was hospitalized abroad.

The news of her death was confirmed by her father, Ahmed Burshid.

Burshaid began her career in 2009, when she started as a  TV presenter for the program “Summer of Bahrain.”

She got her first major acting job in 2012 in the play “Zain’s Flashlight” and went on to star in a number of Ramadan series, the latest clutch of which were  aired this year — “Lovers After Divorce” directed by Khalid Jamal, “Agenda” by Haya Abdel Salam and “ I have a script” by Munir Zoubi.