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Animal cognition - do we underestimate our furry friends?
Originally posted by Mads1987
Predators stalk their prey. This might just be the result of the evolution of hunting techniques, and not a conscious choice as such- but it seems to me, that the predator is often very aware about whether it's prey has noticed it's presence or not. Which would indicate to me that many predators, at least the ones that stalk and hunt, have more cognitive abilities than we currently think.
reply to post by Mads1987
Besides - how could you possibly know what your dog is doing when your not home? I imagine your parents told you that the dog would be waiting for you every time, but simple fact is, that your observations or theirs aren't really that conclusive. Just curious.
Originally posted by lampsalot
I love animals as much as the next person, but don't be fooled. Many animals kill for fun, eat their children, go to war, rape, and do just about everything we consider criminal and evil. The difference I think is that (most?) animals do not dwell on grudges and take revenge, they simply live life as it is.
They are indeed smart but they aren't morally better or worse than we are.edit on 17-5-2013 by lampsalot because: (no reason given)