Dec 292012

Question by Reality: Can we find out existence of consciousness in other creatures?
Or perceiving consciousness is personal and we can only have self awareness?

Best answer:

Answer by I AM paradox
all life forms have exactly the level of consciousness they need to survive or more.

people say animals are not self aware because they are either ignorant or need a reason to not feel guilty about the suffering we inflict on them.

What do you think? Answer below!

  8 Responses to “Can we find out existence of consciousness in other creatures?”

  1. I know for a fact that my sisters dogs are “dog persons” inside their heads. They have memory, personality, consistent recognizable traits, and they love. They can’t think abstractly or handle language, but their noses tell them more than our senses tell us, and they know things, they simply cannot “voice them” to us with no vocal chords and a brain that is not hardwired for any kind of language, human or otherwise.

    All creatures in my opinion have at the very least a fundamental awareness of “themselves” inside their bodies, insects included…

    …maybe even trees and plants…(doo wah, as a vine creeps slowly down the trellis.)

  2. Didn’t you read about the screaming carrots ?

  3. Humans are the only life form on this planet that have absolutely NO IDEA why they are here, what they are supposed to be doing or where they are going…

    A better question would be “can we find out existence of consciousness in humans”?

    Seriously, all other forms of life are tuned into a mass consciousness… except for us. Our brains are turned off and we are blind to it. Humans are isolated in their own little private “consciousness” and are tuned out to everyone and everything else.

  4. Yes, but you have to be observant.

    My brother bought a Christmas gift for his dog. I thought this was the dumbest flakiest thing of all time. The dog ripped open the paper to reveal a Frisbee. I would figure that since it was not food that the dog would quickly loose interest and go back to it’s master. My jaw dropped to the floor as it paraded it around and came up to me and showed me what it had. There was something in it’s eyes that made me think it new it got a gift and understood like any three year old would.

    I have seen this sort of thing in all types of animals. They play tricks, feel emotional pain… Now am I anthropomorphizing or am I observing real awareness of consciousness? I am not 100% sure.

  5. Of course intelligent creatures have consciousness.

  6. It is person in the sense that it is ‘discrete’, but the ‘problem of other minds’ is the theory that discrete conscious beings can know that other discrete conscious beings are conscious of the same things and have similar experiences of those things.

  7. Yes, but first we have to define “consciousness.” Believe it or not, we don’t have a consistent definition of what we’re even talking about.

  8. The Indian scientist Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose was both physicist and plant physiologist. In his early life he invented a new type of coherer – an early form of radio signal detector – which enabled him to transmit radio waves over distance a full year before Marconi. He spent much of the rest of his life exploring minute responses to external stimuli applied to plants. He demonstrated that plant tissues under different kinds of stimulation produce electric responses similar to those produced by animal tissues. His extraordinary experimental results were achieved by using a range of ultra sensitive measuring instruments – also his own invention. He was the first Indian scientist to be elected to The Royal Society – in London, 1920.

    His plant sensitivity findings can be explained in a number of ways. Some scientists prefer to use conventional materialist explanations in terms of the flow and transmission of chemical and bio-chemical substances. And, as V.A. Shepherd has pointed out, Bose “had argued all along the importance of electrical signalling in plants, and the world has now come around to this view.” Others, mainly in the East, see Bose’s findings as providing support for ancient Hindu vedantic theories of consciousness – even in plants. Bose himself was comfortable with both approaches to the explanation and understanding of his findings.

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