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  •  We don't know that for sure, Gooserock (20+ / 0-)
    Of course this should not be misconstrued to imply that dogs are conscious or self aware.
    All life have a level of consciousness while the level of it varies. A lizard and a dog are not at the same level of awareness for example and I believe monkeys are the closest to humans, followed by the dogs.

    Here are my clues: Emotions. They suffer emotional pain and they are able to love. The ability to love another being for me is one of the most significant signs of awareness. I have not seen a lizard love anyone, nor suffer emotional pain. They can be pets and learn to get attached to the person who feeds them but that is rather a low level of consciousness.

    Ever had a dog?

    Here is another question: Is intelligence self-awareness? Are psychopaths self-aware? I'm not sure.

    "Corruptio Optimi Pessima" (Corruption of the best is the worst)

    by zenox on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 12:09:04 AM PST

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    •  True true true (21+ / 0-)

      Here's some real evidence of that from the eagles.

      The baby eaglet had been entangled in the nest and wounded from its struggles, and was removed for two days for treatment, which saved its life. When they put the baby back in the nest, the parents didn't return for another full day.

      When they did return, here's what happened. The dad eagle--protector of the nest--lands first and starts to feed the eaglet. Then mom takes over, forcefully, at 2:00 minutes in:

      Then, TWO HOURS later, here's the mom again with her long-lost baby:

      After seeing this, I'll never believe these creatures don't have emotions.

      Enjoy the San Diego Zoo's panda cam! Now with new baby panda! And support Bat World Sanctuary

      by Fonsia on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 01:09:42 AM PST

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    •  Even spiders are intelligent, self aware and (4+ / 0-)

      curious!
          We had one that I let stay in the bathroom and it would come down and watch us brush teeth, etc. If you looked back at it for more than a second or two it would scurry back up, but if you pretended not to notice it would watch the whole performance with rapt attention.
          Another one that I let stay by the kitchen sink caught herself a moth, and after eating the good parts, she ripped it apart and placed the wings around her web like a hunter with a turkey blind. And she did really well after that because other bugs are dumb enough to fall for that!
          I chalked it up to one particular smart spider, then one day I reached to pick a dead moth out of the bathtub and a spider scurried away, taking it's disguise with it.

    •  I suggest you expand your thinking on one thing (1+ / 0-)
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      I have not seen a lizard love anyone, nor suffer emotional pain. They can be pets and learn to get attached to the person who feeds them but that is rather a low level of consciousness.
      You're using a biased standard here - whether person who is not human can love a person who is when kept as a pet. You have no information on how lizards love each other. I suggest you question your assumptions here.

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