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Apr 3, 2019

In this episode, we have Dr. Paul Thagard.  Dr. Thagard is a philosopher, cognitive scientist, and author of several interdisciplinary books. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Cognitive Science Society, and the Association for Psychological Science.   In our discussion, we dig into whether animals feel grief, the emotions and consciousness of machines and whether the ethical implications of human decisions translate into those of systems bound by silicon.

Dr. Thagard’s work and contact information can be found at

The Unlatched Mind Podcast is a long-form discussion on topics including neuroscience, morality, behavioral science, religion, and artificial intelligence.  Host Vinny Vallarine introduces listeners to guests and experts on these, and other topics of interest.  You can find all episodes at

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