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  1. Patricia Smith Churchland, The Impact of Neuroscience on Philosophy.
    Philosophy, in its traditional guise, addresses questions where experimental science has not yet nailed down plausible explanatory theories. Thus, the ancient Greeks pondered the nature of life, the sun, and tides, but also how we learn and make decisions. The history of science can be seen as a gradual process whereby speculative philosophy cedes intellectual space to increasingly wellgrounded experimental disciplines—first astronomy, but followed by physics, chemistry, geology, biology, archaeology, and more recently, ethology, psychology, and neuroscience. Science now encompasses plausible (...)
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  2. Patricia Smith Churchland, Rick Grush, Rob Wilson & Frank Keil, Computation and the Brain.
    Two very different insights motivate characterizing the brain as a computer. One depends on mathematical theory that defines computability in a highly abstract sense. Here the foundational idea is that of a Turing machine. Not an actual machine, the Turing machine is really a conceptual way of making the point that any well-defined function could be executed, step by step, according to simple 'if-you-are-in-state-P-and-have-input-Q-then-do-R' rules, given enough time (maybe infinite time) [see COMPUTATION]. Insofar as the brain is a device whose (...)
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  3. Willard Van Orman Quine, Patricia Smith Churchland & Dagfinn Føllesdal (2013). Word and Object. The Mit Press.
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  4. Patricia Smith Churchland (2007). The Necessary-and-Sufficient Boondoggle. American Journal of Bioethics 7 (1):54-55.
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  5. Patricia Smith Churchland (2002). Brain Wise. The MIT Press.
    A neurophilosopher?s take on the self, free will, human understanding, and the experience of God, from the perspective of the brain.
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  6. Ilya Farber, Will Peterman & Patricia Smith Churchland (2001). 4 The View From Here: The Nonsymbolic Structure of Spatial. In João Branquinho (ed.), The Foundations of Cognitive Science. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
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  7. Rick Grush & Patricia Smith Churchland (1995). Gaps in Penroses Toiling. Journal of Consciousness Studies 2 (1):10-29.
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  8. Rick Grush & Patricia Smith Churchland (1995). Penrose's Toilings. In Thomas Metzinger (ed.), Conscious Experience. Ferdinand Schoningh.
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  9. Why Dennett is Wrong, Patricia Smith Churchland & Vilayanur S. Ramachandran (1994). Filling In. In Antti Revonsuo & Matti Kamppinen (eds.), Consciousness in Philosophy and Cognitive Neuroscience. Lawrence Erlbaum.
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  10. Patricia Smith Churchland & Terrence J. Sejnowski (1990). Neural Representation and Neural Computation. Philosophical Perspectives 4:343-382.
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  11. Patricia Smith Churchland (1989). Book Review:Memory and Brain Larry R. Squire. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 56 (3):539-.
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  12. Patricia Smith Churchland (1987). Leapfrog Over the Brain. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 10 (1):73.
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  13. Patricia Smith Churchland (1986). Replies to Comments. Inquiry 29 (1-4):241 – 272.
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  14. Patricia Smith Churchland (1983). Dennett' Instrumentalism: A Frog at the Bottom of the Mug. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 6 (3):358.
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  15. Patricia Smith Churchland (1983). Ojemann's Data: Provocative but Mysterious. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 6 (2):211.
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  16. Patricia Smith Churchland (1982). Is the Visual System as Smart as It Looks? PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1982:541 - 552.
    Irvin Rock's hypothesis that certain stages of perceptual processing resemble problem solving in cognition is contrasted to some recent work in computer vision (Marr, Ullman) which tries to reduce intelligence in perception to computational organization. The focal example is subjective contours which Marr thought could be handled by computational modules without descending control, and which Rock thinks are the outcome of intelligent processing.
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  17. Patricia Smith Churchland (1981). How Many Angels…? Behavioral and Brain Sciences 4 (1):103.
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  18. Paul M. Churchland & Patricia Smith Churchland (1981). Functionalism, Qualia, and Intentionality. Philosophical Topics 12 (1):121-145.
  19. Patricia Smith Churchland (1980). Neuroscience and Psychology: Should the Labor Be Divided? Behavioral and Brain Sciences 3 (1):133.
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  20. Patricia Smith Churchland & Paul M. Churchland (1978). Internal States and Cognitive Theories. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 1 (4):565.
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  21. Paul M. Churchland & Patricia Smith Churchland (1978). The Virtuosity of the Sensory Cortex and the Perils of Common Sense. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 1 (3):350.
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  22. Patricia Smith Churchland (1974). Logical Form and Ontological Decisions. Journal of Philosophy 71 (17):599-600.
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