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1277th OGM & Open Lecture

peter godfrey smith

Bodies and Minds in Animal Evolution

Peter Godfrey-Smith

Date: Wednesday 2nd October 2019, 6:00pm for 6:30pm start

Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW (Entrance: Shakespeare Place, Sydney)

Entry: $25 for Non-Members, $15 for Fellows, Members and Associate Members of the Society, $5 Students (including a welcome drink)

Dress Code: Business

Dinner (Including Drinks): $120 for Non-Members, $100 for Fellows, Members and Associate Members, $75 for students. Reservations close Monday, 30th September at 9:30am.

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Charting the evolution of different kinds of animal bodies helps us understand the evolution of the mind – both the varieties of minds that might exist, and how minds could arise at all through natural processes. Cephalopods, including octopuses, are an especially interesting case in bodily and behavioral evolution, and I’ll spend some time describing octopus behaviors at field sites in NSW. In other ways, too, Australia has a special place in the deep history of animal life.

Peter Godfrey-Smith grew up in Sydney, and his undergraduate degree is from the University of Sydney. He studied for a PhD in philosophy at UC San Diego, and then taught at Stanford University, the Australian National University, Harvard University, and the CUNY Graduate Center before taking up his present post as Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Sydney. He is the author of five books, including Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection (Oxford, 2009), which won the 2010 Lakatos Award, and Other Minds: The Octopus, The Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness (2016, Farrar, Straus and Giroux).

 

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