2022 Dyason Lecture: Professor Peter Godfrey-Smith AUTHOR TALKS: "The Evolution of Sentience"
In the 2022 Dyason Lecture presented by the Australasian Association for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science, Professor Peter Godfrey-Smith considers the evolution of sentience. 13 October 2022 6pm to 7:30pm General Admission: Free State Library of New South Wales Gallery Room, Ground Floor, Mitchell Building 1 Shakespeare Place Sydney NSW 2000 Australia REGISTER HERE: https://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/.../2022-dyason-lecture...<https://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/events/2022-dyason-lecture-professor-peter-godfrey-smith?fbclid=IwAR2JqsHoMG2Pnai4EZSk6P5Jl0llgiGfXGoHvv3fBHvnMV-JowxS_tnY4Gs> How did evolution give rise to feelings, such as pleasure and pain? And which organisms experience the events of their lives in this way? Do insects feel pain? Octopuses? How about plants? Where might we locate the true limits of sentience? In the 2022 Dyason Lecture presented by the Australasian Association for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science, Professor Peter Godfrey-Smith considers the evolution of sentience. Professor Peter Godfrey-Smith is a professor in the School of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Sydney. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Sydney, and he has a PhD in philosophy from UC San Diego. He taught at Stanford University between 1991 and 2003, and then combined a half-time post at the Australian National University and a visiting position at Harvard for a few years. He moved to Harvard full-time and was Professor there from 2006 to 2011, before moving to the CUNY Graduate Center. Since 2015 he has also had a half-time position in the HPS Unit at the University of Sydney. Peter's main research interests are in the philosophy of biology and the philosophy of mind. He also works on pragmatism (especially John Dewey), general philosophy of science, and some parts of metaphysics and epistemology. Peter has written six books: Complexity and the Function of Mind in Nature, Theory and Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science, Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection, which won the 2010 Lakatos Award, Philosophy of Biology, Other Minds: The Octopus, The Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness, and Metazoa: Animal Life and the Both of the Mind. Peter's photos and videos have appeared in the New York Times, National Geographic, The Guardian, Science, The Boston Globe and elsewhere. Regards Cynthia Cynthia Kiu | Executive Officer (HPS) (Mon - Wed) / Education Support Officer (M&S) (Thur - Fri) The University of Sydney Faculty of Science, School of History and Philosophy of Science and School of Mathematics and Statistics Room 389 (Mon - Wed) 521 (Thur - Fri), Carslaw Building (F07) | The University of Sydney | NSW | 2006 +61 2 9351 4161 cynthia....@sydney.edu.au<mailto:cynthia....@sydney.edu.au> | sydney.edu.au<http://sydney.edu.au> I respectfully acknowledge Australia's First Peoples and the traditional custodians of the country of which I work on everyday, the Gadigal people of the Eora nation and the Darug and Gundagurra peoples. I further pay my respects to their elders past, present and emerging. This land was never ceded.
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