What do animals know?

In 2012, prominent cognitive neuroscientists gathered at Cambridge University to affirm the contemporary prejudice that human intelligence is merely a higher functioning brain activity on a continuous spectrum of animal minds. The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness claims: ‘The weight of evidence indicates that humans are not unique in possessing the neurological substrates that generate consciousness.’ This discussion presents some surprising insights into the intelligent behaviours of some animals and explains why animals nonetheless, remain no match for humans. Filmed at the Battle of Ideas Festival.

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