Neuroscience has uncovered so many clues about human attitudes and behaviours that have far reaching consequences. But scholars and doctors disagree about what it does and does not tell us about what it means to be human. Are we our brains? Do we have free will? How far can neuroscience take us? Maria Armoudian discusses the world of neuroscience with Dr Sally Satel and Patricia S. Churchland.

Dr Sally Satel is a lecturer at Yale University, a resident scholar at AEI and the staff psychiatrist at a methadone clinic. She is the co-author of One Nation Under Therapy: How the Helping Culture Is Eroding Self-Reliance and Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience.

Patricia S. Churchland is Professor Emerita of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego. She is the author of Brain-Wise: Studies in Neurophilosophy and Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality.

 

 

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