Date: Mon 02 Jun 2003 - 08:01:24 GMT
> > No other animal has shown the capacity to recognize the
> > difference between what they know and what others should know.
> Every time - and it is far too often - I hear this kind of blanket
> appeal to establish the uniqueness and superiority of humans, I barf.
> There are tons and tons of anecdotal evidence of animals recognizing
> that another does not know of danger or disease. Why animals with
> senses highly attuned to the natural environment should perform a
> logical task while contained in a sterile, flourescent-lit room with
> no fresh air and the high-pitched whine of air conditioning, is beyond
> me. Even a roomful of some of the world's best cognitive scientists
> recently admitted in conversation that the reason monkeys fail on many
> cognitive tests is because they are often raised behind bars, without
> toys or parents, and without affection.
> There is something deeply suspicious of the repeated claims that This,
> no - uh - This, or maybe This, is what makes humans unique and
> superior. Why this desperate and persistent need to draw a sharp line
> in Nature, which has few, if any? My prejudice is that if researchers
> would concentrate on finding the same gradual evolution in cognition
> that they are so fond of seeing elsewhere, much would become clear to
Every animal that hides its food and/or pretends it doesn't have any to its comrades knows and uses the difference.
> Malcolm Dean
> Los Angeles
> Home of Cognitive Manipulation
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