Quote:Originally Posted by ArianeWell animals are not self-aware, they are instinctive beings. It's probably the reason why they love us unconditionally when we take care of them... despite our flaws
Hmm, I am not convinced that animals are not self-aware. I am not saying a cat or dog can do complex algebra, such as working with trinomials and imaginary numbers, but I do believe that most animals have a sense of self.
Shadow, like most cats, does not acknowledge her image in a mirror... but Siam did. Siam used to watch me in the mirror too. Not only was Siam aware of self, but I am quite positive that she was aware of her image as being a representation of herself, and that my image was a representation of me. When Siam would see my reflection reach out to pet her she was not surprised when my real hand touched her. Perhaps Siam was extra-ordinary as cats go but I still believe that most, if not all, animals are self-aware.
I also do not think pets give their love unconditionally. Yes, they will put up with a lot of human craziness, but if someone keep beating an animal that animal is going to try and stay away from that abusive person. I have seen this before... some humans prove over and over again that humans are animals too.
I did not mean to imply that only animals that can comprehend that their image is a representation of self are self-aware. I was just trying to point out that there is more to animals than most people seem to think… even some scientists who study these kinds of things.
Most animals do not recognize their image as representations of themselves. Some researchers have said that only animals about as evolved as a chimpanzee, or so, can comprehend that a mirror image is an image of themselves, either stating or implying that only animals that see themselves in a mirror can be self-aware. I feel those scientist got it wrong.
I am just saying that, from my own personal observations, that even some cats, with a brain about the size of a pea, can comprehend that a mirror image is an image of “self.” To me, this proves that at least one cat was indeed self-aware but I suspect that all cats and dogs, and most other animals, are also self-aware.
If one cat was able to see her image and know it was herself, then it seems likely that other cats and dogs also have this potential. Just the fact that one cat could see “self” implies to me that all cats have a sense of self, even if not all cats comprehend themselves being reflected in a mirror.
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