Is Your Cat Self-Aware? - Salon

Of course, don't be an idiot. But gauging an animal's consciousness with tests designed for humans is gaming the system. The famous 'mirror test' is challenged by Marcus du Sautoy, raising the problems of anthropocentric biases and, vis-à-vis, the hard questions of consciousness. By the by if you have a pet and need this question answered by materlialism, maybe you shouldn't have one in the first place. Next for animal consciousness, Ian Johnston's summarizes his article with the headline "Elephants Pass Intelligence Test With 'Profound Implications' For Our Understanding Of Their Species". A deceptively simple test reveals elephants are aware of their position in the world, illustrating their profound self-awareness, and ultimately making the case that pachyderms might be conscious like humans. (CS)

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