KLI Colloquia are informal, public talks that are followed by extensive dissussions. Speakers are KLI fellows or visiting researchers who are interested in presenting their work to an interdisciplinary audience and discussing it in a wider research context. We offer three types of talks:

1. Current Research Talks. KLI fellows or visiting researchers present and discuss their most recent research with the KLI fellows and the Vienna scientific community.

2. Future Research Talks. Visiting researchers present and discuss future projects and ideas togehter with the KLI fellows and the Vienna scientific community.

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  • The presentation language is English.
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Event Details

Tudor M. Baetu
KLI Colloquia
Extrapolating Animal Consciousness
Tudor M. BAETU (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada)
2023-10-05 15:00 - 2023-10-05 17:00
Organized by KLI

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Oct 5, 2023 03:00 PM Vienna
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Topic description / abstract:

I argue that the question of animal consciousness is an extrapolation problem and, as such, is best tackled by deploying currently accepted methodology for validating experimental models of a phenomenon of interest. This methodology relies on an assessment of similarities and dissimilarities between experimental models, the partial replication of findings across complementary models, and evidence from the successes and failures of explanations, technologies and medical applications developed by extrapolating and aggregating findings from multiple models. Crucially important, this methodology does not require a commitment to any particular theory or construct of consciousness, thus avoiding theory-biased reinterpretations of empirical findings rampant in the literature.


Biographical note:

Tudor Baetu received a master’s degree in microbiology and immunology from McGill University and a doctorate degree in philosophy from Université de Montréal. He held post-doctoral positions at the University of Maryland (College Park, USA) and the Konrad Lorenz Institute (Klosterneuburg, Austria), followed by an associate professor position at Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (São Leopoldo, Brazil). He was a lecturer in philosophy of science at the University of Bristol and is now Associate Professor at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) in Canada.