Patricia Churchland, the distinguished founder of neurophilosophy,
reaches beyond the familiar argument of nature versus nurture to
bring together insights from philosophy and revolutionary research
in neuroscience. Scientific research may not be able to say with
certainty what is ethical, and the definition of morality varies
from person to person. But, from birth, our brains are configured
to form bonds, to co-operate and to care. Delving into research
studies, including work on twins and psychopaths, Churchland
deepens our understanding of the brain's role in creating an
ethical system. She then turns to philosophy to explore why
morality is central to all societies, how it is transmitted through
the generations and why different cultures live by different moral
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