Many people readily accept that chimpanzees, dolphins, and other familiar animals can think and feel. But biologists claim, on the basis of new research, that plants and fruit flies make decisions, worms and honeybees can be trained, bacteria communicate linguistically, and even that neurons have preferences. How seriously should we take their claims? Very seriously, on my view: they're using psychological terms literally to describe their findings. I'll present evidence for these unexpected uses, explain why a literal interpretation of them is best, and explain how biology is undermining the anthropocentricism of our traditional understanding of psychology.
Friday, April 21st, 4:00 pm, Room 215 Tolentine Hall
reception to follow