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

Updated 01 July 2019

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.


Imagine Dragons, Alan Walker, Clean Bandit added to Diriyah line-up

American pop rock band Imagine Dragons will perform on Nov. 22. (AFP)
Updated 19 November 2019

Imagine Dragons, Alan Walker, Clean Bandit added to Diriyah line-up

DUBAI: American pop rock band Imagine Dragons, British-Norwegian DJ Alan Walker and British electronic music band Clean Bandit have been added to the line-up of performances for Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah Music Festival on Nov. 22.

Last week, the organizers announced that Latin American music giant Maluma will be part of the Diriyah Season. The Colombian singer songwriter will perform for fans on Nov. 23 after the Diriyah E-Prix.

First on stage on Nov. 23 will be Lebanese-Canadian R&B singer Massari, whose music combines Middle Eastern and Western culture, especially with hits such as “Shisha” and “Ya Nour El-Ein.” He has collaborated with the likes of Shaggy, Beenie Man and Afrojack.

Tickets to the concerts are free for those attending the opening two races of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.