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Research lectures, seminars and events

The events listed in this area are research seminars, workshops and lectures hosted by Durham University departments and research institutes. If you are not a member of the University, but  wish to enquire about attending one of the events please contact the organiser or host department.


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Events for 30 November 2017

Matt Bingham: Baptistic Separatists and the Imposition of Hands: Re-thinking “Radical Religion” in Revolutionary England

11:00am, Seminar Room C (D/TH107), Dept. of Theology & Religion, Abbey House, DH1 3RS, Durham

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How to choose mitigation measures for supply chain risks: an application in the offshore-wind industry

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Room ES231, Arthur Holmes Building, Science Site, Dr Riccardo Mogre

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Professor Frans de Waal: Are we Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

5:00pm, D110, Dawson Duilding

The wall between human and animal intelligence is starting to look like a Swiss cheese. Whereas a mechanistic view of animals prevailed during most of last century, an undercurrent of scientists nourished a more cognitive approach, which is becoming dominant. From a Darwinian perspective, the most parsimonious assumption about closely related species is that behavioral similarity reflects psychological similarity. Primates are now seen as political, cultural, perhaps even moral beings. This cognitive revolution has been rippling beyond the primates to include the entire animal kingdom, from tool-using crows to cooperating dolphins. Many unexpected capacities have been discovered. I will provide a general overview of the methods and findings of animal studies with an accent on primates and elephants, but also octopuses, corvids, cetaceans, and fish. The central message of this new science, known as evolutionary cognition, is one of mental continuity across all species, with human intelligence being a variety of animal intelligence.

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