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Towards a Comparative Study of Animal Consciousness

Veit, Walter (2022) Towards a Comparative Study of Animal Consciousness. [Preprint]

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Abstract

In order to develop a true biological science of consciousness, we have to remove humans from the center of reference and develop a bottom-up comparative study of animal minds, as Donald Griffin intended with his call for a “cognitive ethology.” In this article, I make use of the pathological complexity thesis (Veit 2022a, b, c) to show that we can firmly ground a comparative study of animal consciousness by drawing on the resources of state-based behavioral life history theory. By comparing the different life histories of gastropods and arthropods, we will be able to make better sense of the possible origins of consciousness and its function for organisms in their natural environments.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Veit, Walterwrwveit@gmail.com0000-0001-7701-8995
Keywords: evolution of consciousness; sentience; gastropods; arthropods; insects; comparative cognition; animal consciousness
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Psychology > Evolutionary Psychology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Function/Teleology
Specific Sciences > Complex Systems
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Cognitive Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Psychology > Comparative Psychology and Ethology
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Consciousness
Depositing User: Dr. Walter Veit
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2022 04:07
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2023 00:46
Item ID: 20843
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Psychology > Evolutionary Psychology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Function/Teleology
Specific Sciences > Complex Systems
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Cognitive Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Psychology > Comparative Psychology and Ethology
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Consciousness
Date: 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20843

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