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Tense Bees and Shell-Shocked Crabs: Are Animals Conscious?

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A consideration of some of the most common questions about animal minds.

Do birds have feelings? Can fish feel pain? Could a honeybee be anxious? For centuries, the question of whether or not animals are conscious like humans has prompted debates among philosophers and scientists. While most people gladly accept that complex mammals - such as dogs - share emotions and exper
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published December 1st 2016 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Daniel
Feb 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Fascinating information about the emotional capabilities of non-human animals but the logic of the seemed to go off the rails a bit. Which is surprising coming from an actual philosopher, but seriously, labeling certain things as being preferable to others without giving a reason? What's up with that?
Dayton
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Most of it was very interesting! Hadn't read anything this academic in a while, it was fun. Basically the central question to Tye is not whether we can *prove* nonhuman consciousness, but whether based on similar behavior and underlying neural structures we can decide whether it's *preferable to believe* animals are conscious (i.e., undergo subjective experiences) to the view that they aren't. I'd say he's a little to reliant on assumptions about what consciousness is for, and occasionally appea ...more
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