The Inner Life of Animals

Thursday, November 5th at Virginia Tech

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The Inner Life of Animals

Darwin’s 1872 book The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals inaugurated the modern era of investigating animal mind through the study of animal behavior. For nearly a century and a half since Darwin’s pioneering work, different schools of scientific thought have staked positions about animal mind across the entire spectrum: from viewing animals as mere automatons to understanding animals as conscious subjects.

What do animals think? What do they feel? Can animal mind be investigated with scientific methods? What do scientists tell us about the inner life of animals? Are questions about animal mind relevant to how we treat animals, and should they be?

Join Choices and Challenges on November 5th 2009 to explore scientific, ethical, and philosophical dimensions of the inner life of animals.


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