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Animal Sentience: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Animal Feeling

Commentary Type

Invited Commentary

Abstract

Contrary to Woodruff’s suggestion, investigations into possible reasoning capacities of cichlid fighting fish and trace memory in goldfish do not support claims about sentience. This is disputed by research results about learning and implicit processing, sleep, vegetative states, amnesia, semantic priming, artificial network modeling, and even insects. A novel, deflationary, interpretation of Grosenick et al.'s experiments on A. burtoni is also offered.

Author Biography

Sean Hermanson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Florida International University in Miami, specializing in the philosophy of mind and cognitive science. His work on animals includes articles on bees, monkeys and bats, though he also has interests in the metaphysics of consciousness, introspection, human nature and implicit bias.

http://philosophy.fiu.edu/faculty/sean-allen-hermanson/