Saturday, January 10, 2009


Here's a good little article on animal intelligence, consciousness, and self-awareness: Animal Intelligence by Edward Willett. There's a lot of different topics touched on there.

One pet peeve of mine that he mentions is the pseudo-science known as "behaviorism", based on the "biological machine" view of animals. The Animal Behavior course I had in college was probably the worst class of all; the narrow-minded view of the world just did not allow for all the things I already knew.

Read that article, and I'll be happy to respond to any comments you may have. I'll close with one simple question: If animals are not self-aware, why do predators hide from their potential prey?

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