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Do dogs make plans? Do they remember specific events? Do they dream? Do cats recognize their owners as unified wholes, or just as collections of parts, some warm, some capable of providing food? Could it be that whales, dolphins, elephants, and various kind of monkeys have mental lives that approach -- or surpass -- those of humans in subtlety and richness?
People have strong but divergent opinions about the nature of animals' minds. John and Ken explore the nature of non-human minds with Colin Allen from the Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior at Indiana University, Bloomington, author of Animal Cognition and Animal Minds.
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- Autonomy - Friendship - Legislating Values
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