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Public Lecture: Animal Bodies & Animal Minds

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Acton, ACT 2601

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Abstract: The brains, and hence minds, of animals evolved to complement their bodies. The diversity of those bodies, and their histories, tell us something about the nature and origins of the mind. This lecture will discuss a range of cases, with special attention to the octopus.

Bio: Peter Godfrey-Smith grew up in Sydney, Australia, and holds a BA from the University of Sydney and a PhD in philosophy from the University of California, San Diego. He taught at Stanford, Harvard, the Australian National University, and the CUNY Graduate Center before moving to his current position as Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Sydney. His main research interests are in the philosophy of biology and the philosophy of mind, though he also works on pragmatism and various other parts of philosophy. He has written five books, including the widely used textbook Theory and Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science (Chicago, 2003) and Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection (Oxford, 2009), which won the 2010 Lakatos Award. His most recent book is Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2016).

This event is running during the 2017 National Science Week.

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