Being a Beast
Charles Foster of the University of Oxford lived like a badger for six weeks, eating earthworms while burrowed in a self-dug sett. Then to experience life as an otter, he spent hours at a time floating, swimming, and lying by the side of a river. He also tried to get into the mindset of a fox, a deer and even a swift.
During this lecture Foster will tell you what this experiment was about. Every creature creates a different world in its brain and lives in THAT world. We humans grew increasingly dependent on vision. Our other senses were allowed to atrophy. Vision and cognition are intimately related in a way that other senses and cognition are not.
In this lecture - where there will be room for a little bit of laughter too - Charles Foster describes his attempt to escape from these sensory biases, to re-engage all the senses, and thus to perceive the world more satisfactorily.
Tuesday 9 January, 8 pm
About the Lecturer
Charles Foster, PhD
Senior Research Associate, Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics; Fellow Green Templeton College, University of Oxford