German Consulate General Recommends:
Animal Minds - Human Minds: What They Share and How We Measure Their Differences
In the last two decades we have witnessed the emergence of radically new insights concerning the cognitive abilities of animals. Some of the most advanced nonhuman species possess such high-level abilities that some of the criteria used to distinguish humans from animals become untenable as they would, for example, exclude human children up to a certain age. Humans are neither the only “rational animals” nor are they the only ones who have a social understanding of other species members. How then do we best capture the relation between human mind and animal mind? Our panel discussion features two experts who will approach this question from two distinct angles. Looking at how bees organize their remembered experiences in temporal and spatial coordinates, Charles Randy Gallistel will discuss what the human mind shares with the insect mind. Drawing on recent research on birds, dogs and monkeys, Albert Newen will develop species-specific profiles of cognitive abilities that more accurately represent the differences between human and nonhuman species.
The panel is moderated by Brian P. McLaughlin (Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science and Director of the Rutgers Cognitive Science Center; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey). Panelists:
- Charles Randy Gallistel (Professor of Psychology, em. and former Co-Director of the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science ;Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)
- Albert Newen (Professor of Philosophy Ruhr University Bochum)
Location and time:
871 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
Thursday, April 26, 2018,
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Reception to follow
Please RSVP by April 24. Registration is required to attend: RSVP