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The Buxter's Avatar Jump to comment 3 by The Buxter

A very interesting thing about the development of consciousness, and animals showing sign of human-like consciousness, fx. elephants passing mirror-awareness tests and gorillas learning sign-language, is wether the consciousness is linked to the possibility of these feats, or the feats themselves. In other words: Are humans/animals able to communicate and recognize ourselves in mirrors (and shadows, reflections and so forth) because we are conscious, or are we conscious because we communicate and recognize ourselves?

It would be very interesting to follow the development of animals being raised in mirror and language-filled environments!

Sat, 12 May 2007 08:17:00 UTC | #37241