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For decades, Patricia Churchland has contributed to the fields of philosophy of neuroscience, philosophy of the mind and neuroethics.
Her strength is pricisely that she is a rare thinker who can be resolutely scientific without ever being scientistic a distinction thet her critics seem unable to make. She is certainly a materialist who rejects the view that consciousness is some kind of mystery which science should not dare to touch. But she denies the claims that neuroscience leaves the mind, the self and free will as mere illusions. We may have to change how we understand these concepts, but philosophers can only do this credibly if they are properly informed by what the science says.
One quotation of Patricia Churchland is '' It seems that the brain has a ''small world'' architecture or at least the cortex does. Everything can connect to everything else in a few synaptic steps.''

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