OCTOPUS! A Discussion of Animal Intelligence, Behavior—and Robots

Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7:00pm

What can we learn about intelligence--and robots--by studying octopuses? Join author of Octopus! The Most Mysterious Creature In the Sea, Katherine Harmon Courage for a fascinating discussion about these amazing and weird animals. Leading the conversation will be bio-robotics researcher Frank Grasso, animal intelligence scholar and philosopher Robert Lurz, and cephalopod behavior expert Jennifer Basil.

Katherine Harmon Courage is an award-winning freelance journalist and contributing editor for Scientific American. Her work has also appeared in Wired, Popular Science, Nature, Gourmet and The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2013.

Jennifer Basil studies the behavior and intelligence of animals--in particular cephalopods--at the Laboratory for Invertebrate Ecology and Behavior at CUNY'S Brooklyn College, where she is an associate professor of biology.

Frank Grasso is an associate professor in the psychology department of Brooklyn College, CUNY, where he runs the Biomimetic and Cognitive Robotics Lab, which uses animal-inspired robotics to examine intelligent behavior.

Robert Lurz is the author of Mindreading Animals: The Debate Over What Animals Know About Other Minds and The Philosophy of Animal Minds. He is a professor of philosophy at Brooklyn College, CUNY.

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