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Originally posted by Peregrine
It had been mentioned in this thread earlier that the construction of art may be a possible condition that separates us from other animals. This is a valid and very interesting point.
Originally posted by LifeInDeath
Story I heard about a friend of a friend who has an African Gray:
She had taught her bird to say, among other things, "where are you going?" whenever she left for work in the morning. Like all African grays, it also had picked up a lot of other words and happily chattered away all the time. One day, however, when this woman came home from work, the parrot actually asked her, "where have you been?"
Originally posted by shanlung
They do all that because I give to them the respect and dignity due to fellow sentients that they are.
If you think them to be stupid without awareness, then of course, what you set in your mind will be fixed in reality for yourself.
Indeed, your choice to deprive yourself of magic in life. But you should do as you see fit.
Originally posted by Flinx
I've seen evidence before that parrots are able to put together human language, but this seems to go above and beyond.
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?