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Patricia Smith Churchland (born 16 July 1943) is a Canadian-American analytical philosopher noted for her contributions to neurophilosophy and the philosophy of mind. Churchland was born Patricia Smith in Oliver, British Columbia, and raised on a farm in the South Okanagan valley. Both of her parents lacked a high-school education; her father and mother left school after grades 6 and 8 respectively. Her mother was a nurse and her father worked in newspaper publishing in addition to running the family farm. In spite of their limited education, Churchland has described her parents as interested in the sciences, and the worldview they instilled in her as a secular one. She has also described her parents as eager for her to attend college, and though many farmers in their community thought this "hilarious and a grotesque waste of money", they saw to it that she did so. She took her undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia, graduating with honors in 1965. She received a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship to study at the University of Pittsburgh, where she took an M.A. in 1966. Thereafter she studied at Oxford University as a British Council and Canada Council Fellow, obtaining a B. Phil in 1969.
For decades, Patricia Churchland has contributed to the fields of philosophy of neuroscience, philosophy of the mind and neuroethics. Her research has centered on the interface between neuroscience where it concludes the scientific study of the nervous system and philosophy with a current focus on the association of morality and the social brain. In conclusion, she argues that our self is our brain where she studies the brain and philosophy specifically. She says that the more we know about the brain, the clearer it becomes that the brain is each of us. That if there is no “mind” beyond the brain then there is No “self” and No soul beyond it.

To understand the mind we must understand the brain, and I do believe to this by Patricia Churchland. Depression attempts to take my life a year ago because of family conflicts. I set aside what my mind thinks, and what my brain want to do, in short, I was going with the flow of what will happen to my life. One day, one thing that I realize is that I'm still young to forget about myself, I'm not using my mind to think what should I do. I should have understand my mind to understand my brain. then, that tracks me to a path where I continue my life until now, my family settled the problem, and I am living happily through understanding my mind to set the action of the brain. Without me understanding my mind, I doesn't exist right now.

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