COGSCI 111 Feb4BLecture

COGSCI 111 Feb4BLecture - Animal Minds Charles Darwin and...

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Animal Minds
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Charles Darwin and the evolutionary continuity of the human mind
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The evolution of the animal mind is one of the most exciting problems in the cognitive sciences… Do monkeys and apes, which look so much like us, think like us too? What is the relationship between the human mind and the minds of other species? Sara Shettleworth, Cognition, Evolution, and Behavior
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What does this word “cognition” mean? Seemingly complex and sophisticated? Done like we would do it?
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What does this word “cognition” mean? Shettleworth: “All ways in which animals take in information through the senses, process, retain and decide to act on it” Yoerg: “…our access to the world is mediated… [it is] how it seems to us after our minds have finished fiddling with it” Mental representations and operations on them, rather than stimulus-response reflexes
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Does cognition require sentience or consciousness?
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COGSCI 111 Feb4BLecture - Animal Minds Charles Darwin and...

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