PPIG: Philosophy, Psychology, and Informatics Group

Speaker: Angelica Kaufmann (University of Milan)

Title: Temporal Cognition in Apes

Abstract: In humans, at least some of our ability to coordinate our actions with the timing of events in our world is due to our capacities for temporal cognition. However, controversy arises when we turn our attention to the animal world. In this paper, we will argue that great apes, especially Sumatran Orangutans and Taï Chimpanzees, are capable of genuine temporal cognition. That is, they are able to mentally represent and reason about time in cognition. We do this by developing a novel analysis of the mental representation of time.

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We are a group of researchers from diverse backgrounds in the above-mentioned groups (and beyond) who aim to gain an interdisciplinary yet deep understanding of the threads that bind the human mind and the world. In particular, this seminar series focuses on the nature of cognition, metacognition and social cognition. We’ll be tackling questions such as, what does it mean to think? What does it mean to think about thinking? And, what does it mean to think about one’s own thinking versus thinking about the thinking of other people? Please come along!

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Tillmann Vierkant

Nov 15 2023 -

PPIG: Philosophy, Psychology, and Informatics Group

2023-11-15: Temporal Cognition in Apes

Lecture Theatre F21, Psychology Building, 7 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9JZ