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Colin A. Chapman and Michael A. Huffman, Why do we want to think humans are different?

Abstract

Chapman & Huffman’s moral analysis fails to prove that the exploitation of animals or the environment is causally connected to beliefs about human capacities. Their exposition of the philosophical interpretations of animal cognition ignores historical context and confounds different levels of analysis. Their analysis of the scientific literature, from which they conclude that humans should not be considered as different from other animals, does not take into account many recent psychological and neuroscientific developments and rests upon a flawed understanding of the relationship between gradual and categorical differences, misrepresenting the two as mutually exclusive concepts.

Author Biography

Ivaylo Borislavov Iotchev works as a PhD student/data-scientist at the Ethology Department of the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary. His areas of research include sleep-physiology, perception and hierarchical social organization in dogs, as well as higher social cognition in dogs and humans. Website

Kauê Machado Costa is a neuroscience researcher at the National Institute on Drug Abuse Intramural Research Program in Baltimore, Maryland. His research focuses on how dopamine signals and cortical neuronal activity represent behaviorally relevant information and support different aspects of learning. Website

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