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Boredom as a threat to agency and why Eric Fromm was wrong, by Prof. James Danckert, University of Waterloo

James Danckert is a professor of cognitive neuroscience at the University of Waterloo where he studies boredom, mental model updating and the consequences of stroke for visual attention and decision making. Boredom is a ubiquitous human experience that we often dismiss as trivial. But it is far from it, with boredom proneness associated with higher rates of depression and anxiety, and increased drug and alcohol abuse, among many other ills. I will argue that, in part, boredom represents a threat to our sense of agency, the belief that we are the authors of our own lives. That threat is not...
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Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight About Animals - A Conversation with Drs. Hal Herzog and Mike von Massow

Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight About Animals, a book by by Dr. Hal Herzog, Professor Emeritus, Western Carolina University will be discussed with Dr. Mike von Massow, Associate Professor in the Dept. of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Guelph. This discussion will be a continuation of their podcast conversation, "Confessions of a conflicted omnivore....

CCSAW Research Symposium

Our Annual Research Symposium features the work of our faculty and students, covering disciplines from animal biosciences and veterinary medicine, to philosophy and psychology.  The Symposium covers a range of topics related to animal welfare science, animal ethics and the role of animals in society.  It provides a forum for faculty and students to share research results, techniques and ideas, and to foster discussion and collaboration among the many interested individuals and research groups from across campus and other institutions.

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