Re: Does your dog or cat have conscious thought?
Tree hugger, eh? Are you going all Tea Party on me? :P
Fact: animals lead intense emotional lives. They strategise. They learn. The smarter ones use tools. They have a sense of humour. They develop different ways of doing things (ever seen cats and dogs spontaneously use their paws like hands?).
Yet you have misunderstood. I love animals for the usual reasons - innocence, cuteness, special skills, interestingness etc, but the animalistic side of humans is our worst side. I would never say we should be more like animals - IMO we're waaay too much like them.
I think the best uniquely human things we've developed are the arts, philosophy and ethics.