Prominent scientists sign declaration that animals have conscious awareness, just like us.

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This is just a load of tree hugging hippie propaganda that is just trying to guilt trip the average guy while he is tucking into his steak or bucket of KFC for dinner.
 

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Prominent scientists? More like political activists who happen be be scientists in their day job.
 
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I thought it was common knowledge that many mammals possess states of cognitive awareness. It's only humans seem to demonstrate self-awareness in a striking degree. How we've defined self-awareness, its contingencies and necessities, has influenced whether we regard other animals as also possessing self-awareness, rather than mere awareness (for example, gophers, dolphins, and some kinds of octopus have exemplified use of semantic-based languages, but is this is a quality of self-awareness of basic cognition?).
 

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I thought it was common knowledge that many mammals possess states of cognitive awareness. It's only humans seem to demonstrate self-awareness in a striking degree. How we've defined self-awareness, its contingencies and necessities, has influenced whether we regard other animals as also possessing self-awareness, rather than mere awareness (for example, gophers, dolphins, and some kinds of octopus have exemplified use of semantic-based languages, but is this is a quality of self-awareness of basic cognition?).
The universal litmus test for self-awareness used to be the mirror test, and surprisingly few animals managed to pass it. I'm guessing the prominent scientists in question concluded it wasn't reliable and came up with a new criterion.
 

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This is such nonsense. Why don't they state the obvious that life consumes life. That's why I eat octopus and many mammals.I treat them like shit despite their conciousness but but they taste good so I don't care.
 
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