Conscience: The Origin of Moral Intuitions

  • Patricia Churchland, neurophilosopher, University of California, San Diego; returning Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professor and Distinguished Visiting Fellow of Green College; in conversation with Hal Wake, formerly director of the Vancouver Writers Fest
    Coach House, Green College, UBC

    Tuesday, April 2, 5-6:30 pm, with reception to follow
    in the series
    Truth in Art, Imagination in Science: Lecture and Moderated Conversation
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  • Moral values originate, not in the gods we invent, nor in some magical pure reason detached from all feelings, but in the neurobiology of attachment. Attachment – love – is the motivational platform for sociality in mammals and birds. Caring for kith and kin is expressed in a host of behavioural ways. As a social species adapts to its ecology, those ways become established as values and norms. In all social mammals, approval and disapproval motivate the learning of social norms, with the upshot that behaviour is shaped by social expectations. Additionally, personality features influence whether social norms are rigidly or flexibly internalized, shaping moral attitudes. Thus a conscience about what is right and what is wrong emerges in the developing human. A complex neural organization fills out, consisting of a dynamical blend of emotions and cognition, habits and skills, pattern recognition, self-control and empathy.
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  • Unless otherwise noted, all of our lectures are free to attend and do not require registration.

 

When
April 2nd, 2019 5:00 PM   through   6:30 PM
Location
Coach House, Green College, UBC
6201 Cecil Green Park Rd
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Canada
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