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Mind – the gap?

How have human attitudes to animals changed over recent decades? Are our human abilities and instincts so very different from those of other animals? University primatologist Professor Andrew Whiten took part in a recent public debate in London which addressed what, if anything, really distinguishes human beings from their fellow creatures.

The Professor of Evolutionary and Developmental Psychology was part of an expert panel at the recent event ‘Mind – the Gap?’ hosted by the Royal Society.

Alongside authors Will Self, Doris Lessing and Nicky Clayton, a Professor of Comparative Cognition at the University of Cambridge, Professor Whiten took part in the sold out event held in partnership with the Royal Society of Literature.

The debate can be viewed online at: http://www.royalsoc.ac.uk/page.asp? tip=1&id=5638

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