What can (and cannot) non-human animals tell us about the human mind?
Rachael Brown (Macquarie University)

March 5, 2015, 11:15am - 1:15pm
Department of Philosophy, University of Melbourne

G16 (Jim Potter Room)
Old Physics Building

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While it is universally accepted that non-human animal evidence has a role to play in the study of the human mind, the limits of that role are unclear. This leaves open the question of when we are justified in making claims about the human mind of the basis of such evidence, and when we are not. In my paper I respond to this question by exploring the types of inferences that cognitive, scientists, neuroscientists and psychologists make from non-human animals, and their limits. Ultimately, I develop a general guide for how we should use non-human evidence when theorising about the human mind.

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