This Friday the Philosophical Society commences its autumn term with a talk by Treasurer John Little on “DOGNITION – The minds of dogs, chimps and humans.”
John says: ” As always, my interest is in human cognition and what gave us our decisive advantage over the animal kingdom. Recently, two new pieces of information have crossed my path. Firstly, in some mental abilities, dogs are closer to humans than chimpanzees. Secondly, over at least the last twenty thousand years, the human brain has been shrinking (between 10 – 20 %).
So over summer, I’ve been reading books on dog cognition plus Michael Tomasello’s ‘A Natural History of Human Thinking’, Bruce Hood’s ‘The Domestic Brain’, and Thomas Suddendorf’s ‘The Gap’. Just how did we get to be the way we are?”
Come along to the Friends’ Meeting House on Eastcott Hill this Friday at 7.40 to find out more.