Speakers at Social Events
Last modified: 21/01/2008
University of Colorado
Animal passions and beastly virtues: minding animals and increasing our compassionate footprint
Research in cognitive ethology, evolutionary biology, and social neuroscience, along with common sense, clearly shows that animals are emotional and empathic beings and that they display moral sensibility. What we observe when animals interact with one another tells us a lot about what's happening inside their heads and hearts. Animals' lives are very public, not hidden, private, or secret, and the privacy of mind argument that we can never know what animals are thinking or feeling is over-used and goes against solid arguments based on evolutionary continuity. It's not that difficult to assess the emotional state and well-being of animals. I'm incredulous that some skeptics actually question whether animals feel anything (and even if they think).
Eötvös University, Department of Ethology
How to be a good dog
Vilmos Csányi is one of the most respected ethologist who has experimented with dogs, wolves and their owners for years. He also wrote several books, among them If Dogs could Talk (Wenn Hunde sprechen könnten... in German), Changing Visions, Human Cognitive Maps: Past, Present and Future, Evolutionary Systems and Society: a general theory