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Patricia Churchland

Having missed Pat Churchland’s talk at NEI this past October, it was great that she was in town for a full week of speaking engagements not to mention interviews and other demands being made on her time (and she is supposedly retired!). It was a pleasure to meet her (finally!) having followed her work over the…

Pat Churchland on the source of value

Another video (via David Livingstone Smith) of Pat Churchland plugging her and Paul’s forthcoming book Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us About Morality. This talk is part of the The Great Debate conference Can Science Tell Us Right From Wrong?

The Mind as Neural Software?

Here is a superb paper by Gualtiero Piccinini that brings much needed clarity to a longstanding issue. A penultimate ms can be found here. As a consequence, when the behavior of ordinary computers is explained by program execution, the program is not just a description. The program is also a (stable state of a) physical component of…