NYU Professor Thomas Nagel (1974) asked a rather unusual question. Read his article “What Is it Like to Be a Bat?

After reading Professor Nagel’s article, tell me:

  • Do animals think?

SLP Assignment Expectations

Please write a 3- to 5-page paper answering this rather general question. Use Nagel’s article, and material on the nature of consciousness from the background information, to help make out your answer. Do not refer to personal experience, only the academic material. Upload it by the end of this module.


GAP Group (2008). Descartes (2007). Retrieved on August 29, 2007, from

Descartes, R. (n.d.). Meditations On First Philosophy. Retrieved December 29, 2015, from

Wozniak, R. (2005). Mind and body: Rene Descates to William James (2007). Retrieved on August 29, 2007, from

Chalmers, D. (n.d.). David Chalmers. Retrieved on August 29, 2007, from

DiText (n.d.). Meta-encyclopedia of philosophy.. Retrieved on August 29, 2007, from

Nagel, T. (1974). What is it like to be a bat? Philosophical Review 83 (4): 435-50.

Educational Broadcasting Corp. (2010) Inside the animal mind (Video). Retrieved on August 29, 2007, from

PBS (2010). A murder of crows (video). Retrieved on 17 Feb 2010 from

Stanford (2010). Animal consciousness. Retrieved on August 29, 2007, from

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