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Morality & The Social Brain
Lecture with Patricia Churchland, B.Phil., University of California, San Diego

Brains navigate the causal world by recognizing and categorizing events they need to care about. Contrary to the widespread assumption that a subject must apply a general rule in deciding what ought to be done, rule-application is only occasionally a factor, even in human decision-making. Learn about the complex balance of drives, emotions, learned habits, pattern recognition, and sensitivity to time-constraints that typically bring the system to a workable decision.
Monday, March 16, 2009