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I find myself irritated by this mirror test. Or, rather, by the lofty interpretations of it.

My cat recognizes its own reflection in the mirror, but doesn't care. It doesn't inspect itself, or meet any of those other criteria.

So how do I know that it knows the reflection is of itself? Because my cat is fiercely territorial, and would attack another cat on the spot.

If you actually think about it, *any* animal which, in nature, has occasion to visit a watering hole of some sort, will likely be equipped to recognize its own reflection. Most simply ignore it.

These mirror tests confirm only that the animals in question (including humans) are vain enough to be interested in looking at themselves.

Any animal that has no reaction whatsoever to its image in a mirror probably knows it's a reflection, and simply doesn't care.

Sat, 12 May 2007 09:43:00 UTC | #37263