Document type : Podcast of the CoSciences round table March 8, 2021 (1h21)
Authors: Guillaume Bagnolini, RomainGiraud-Heraud. Guests : Georges Chapouthier, Sébastien Moro, Aurore Avargues-Weber
Preview : According to Darwin, as soon as there is life, there is intelligence. Whether or not we have feathers, hands, a trunk, tentacles, scales, fur, a skeleton, these attributes allow us to respond to the constraints imposed on us by our environment and our immediate surroundings. But what does it mean to be intelligent? Crows using tools, bees dancing maps, self-taught octopuses, are all long-established examples in ethology of the many complex cognitive abilities of animals. How can we study these faculties? What are the mechanisms that lead to intelligence? What are the different types of intelligence? And, last, are humans so different from animals?
We discussed these topics live with a group of animal behaviour specialists, and put your questions, comments and criticisms to them.
Our guests :
Georges Chapouthier, a research director at the CNRS specialising in neuroscience is also a philosopher, poet and the author of a dozen books.
Sébastien Moro is a popular-science influencer and founded the "Cervelle d'oiseau" (bird brain) channel on You Tube which specialises in the question of animal intelligence
Aurore Avargues-Weber is a researcher in cognitive ethology and a specialist in bee cognition at the French Animal Cognition Research Centre
This event was organised by Guillaume Bagnolini (Cosciences) and Romain Giraud-Heraud (currently working on a Masters in Environment at the Cours Diderot).