Cloth $35.00 ISBN: 9780226308654 Published May 2001
An e-book edition will be published.

Animal Minds

Beyond Cognition to Consciousness

Donald R. Griffin

Animal Minds
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Donald R. Griffin

376 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2001
Cloth $35.00 ISBN: 9780226308654 Published May 2001
E-book $30.00 ISBN: 9780226227122 Will Publish March 2013
In Animal Minds, Donald R. Griffin takes us on a guided tour of the recent explosion of scientific research on animal mentality. Are animals consciously aware of anything, or are they merely living machines, incapable of conscious thoughts or emotional feelings? How can we tell? Such questions have long fascinated Griffin, who has been a pioneer at the forefront of research in animal cognition for decades, and is recognized as one of the leading behavioral ecologists of the twentieth century.

With this new edition of his classic book, which he has completely revised and updated, Griffin moves beyond considerations of animal cognition to argue that scientists can and should investigate questions of animal consciousness. Using examples from studies of species ranging from chimpanzees and dolphins to birds and honeybees, he demonstrates how communication among animals can serve as a "window" into what animals think and feel, just as human speech and nonverbal communication tell us most of what we know about the thoughts and feelings of other people. Even when they don't communicate about it, animals respond with sometimes surprising versatility to new situations for which neither their genes nor their previous experiences have prepared them, and Griffin discusses what these behaviors can tell us about animal minds. He also reviews the latest research in cognitive neuroscience, which has revealed startling similarities in the neural mechanisms underlying brain functioning in both humans and other animals. Finally, in four chapters greatly expanded for this edition, Griffin considers the latest scientific research on animal consciousness, pro and con, and explores its profound philosophical and ethical implications.
Contents
Preface
1. In Favor of Animal Consciousness
2. Objections and Their Limitations
3. Finding Food
4. Predation
5. Construction of Artifacts
6. Tools and Special Devices
7. Categories and Concepts
8. Physiological Indices of Thinking
9. Communication as Evidence of Thinking
10. Symbolic Communication
11. Deception and Manipulation
12. Dolphins and Apes
13. The Philosophical and Ethical Significance of Animal Consciousness
14. The Scientific Significance of Animal Consciousness
Bibliography
Index
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