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What is Distinctive About Human Thought?

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Professor Tim Crane will give his inaugural lecture as Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy. Descartes famously argued that animals were mere machines, without thought or consciousness. Few would now share this view. But if other animals have conscious lives, what are they like, how do they differ from ours, and how would we ever know anything about them? This lecture will address this question by looking at the kinds of thoughts we might share with animals, and looking at philosophical and empirical arguments for how our thoughts might differ from theirs. Everyone welcome.

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