via PetBoogaloo / Metafilter. in Stanford Encyclopedia of Phylosophy
Questions about animal consciousness are just one corner of a more general set of questions about animal cognition and mind. The so-called "ccognitive revolution" that took place during the latter half of the 20th century has led to many innovative experiments by comparative psychologists and ethologists probing the cognitive capacities of animals. Despite all this work, the topic of consciousness per se in animals has remained controversial, even taboo, among scientists, even while it remains a matter of common sense to most people that many other animals do have conscious experiences.
A recent article recently came out in the Wall Street Journal, which cited new study from Stanford about animal consciousness. Elephants grieve, bees create mental maps, dolphins recognize themselves in mirrors. Snakes have more brain cells than humans, and chickens worry about the future. What are your thoughts? Does this change the way we treat animals?
Do animals know more than we think? in Metafilter. Read also the comments...
Snakes Can Learn Too.
Chickens worry about the future.
If cows could talk, we wouldn't be able to understand them anyway.
Read the comments on the Metafilter post. It's really worth yr time.