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Old 01-16-2012, 04:43 AM
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Default Re: Does your dog or cat have conscious thought?

GD, there's some interesting things when we try to parse conscious and instinctive, in the same way as it's hard to parse life and non-life (eg. viruses).

Animals think but not abstractly.

Now look at music. We could say that animals can't play music (though there's a lot of evidence that they can enjoy it).

But humans can't sing a bird's or a whale's song ... although we can record the songs and release them as a new age meditation aid - albeit with no credit or royalties for the composers!

Or how about this chimp's classy Cecil Taylor tribute? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wh1HMm4pOwg
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