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

The fact that the animals even know that they are looking at themselves is the crucial thing though.

My cat also ignores her reflection in the mirror now after a period of being afraid of it. the fact that she now ignores it doesn't mean that she understands that it's herself that she's seeing. other explanations might include that she now knows that the cat in the mirror never attacks, never washes her, doesn't smell of anything and is otherwise an uninteresting playmate. Perhaps she even understands that it's not real (like the images on the television or shadows).

Sat, 12 May 2007 14:12:00 UTC | #37323