Biology and Philosophy 36 (2):1-5 (2021)

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Elizabeth Irvine
Villanova University
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The target paper makes a significant and novel claim: that positive cases of non-human consciousness can be identified via the capacity of unlimited associative learning. In turn, this claim is generated by a novel methodology, which is that of identifying an evolutionary ‘transition marker’, which is claimed to have theoretical and empirical advantages over other approaches. In this commentary I argue that UAL does not function as a successful transition marker, and has internal problems of its own. However, I conclude that it is still a very productive anchor for new research on the evolution of consciousness.
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The Principles of Life.Tibor Ganti - 2003 - Oxford University Press UK.
The Major Transitions in Evolution.John Maynard Smith & Eors Szathmary - 1996 - Journal of the History of Biology 29 (1):151-152.

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