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Originally posted by apc
Parrots, cats, dogs, bunnies, chipmunks, all think just like we do (in pictures, words are one floor up). Thinking visually is the most basic and primitive form of thought. However they lack reason. If something is about to fall on a dog's head, it tends not to realize it until it actually falls. They cannot understand all the environmental variables of the world around them, and therefore cannot reason the outcome of a particular set of variables, beyond conditioning.
That's just because they don't understand what's going on in the environment they exist in. Actually, only a few thousand years ago humans were in the same situation. They invented "gods" to explain everything back then.
Originally posted by DeusEx
Self aware....self aware is the concept that there is an I pronoun. The being can say "I am..."
And no, your parrots aren't aware of their own existence. It isn't something they question or even think about.
Originally posted by Flinx
So, if an "animal" can actually speak English (not just repeating) doesn't that qualify them as a sentient creture? Wouldn't this mean that we have AT LEAST two intelligent species on this planet?
Originally posted by Urn
Yes, but dogs and cats can learn. If you drop a book on a dogs head a few times, they will try to get away. I could do the same to a 3 year old, and they wouldn't try to get away either, at least not for the first time.
the way i see it, if an animal can recognize its self in a mirror, then it is definatly self aware.....
my cat, (as well as almost every other cat i have seen, aside from very young kittens) can recognize herself in a mirror by the way...