"Can We Know What Animals Are Thinking?" [article]
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"Can We Know What Animals Are Thinking?" [article]
08-26-2017, 12:14 PM (This post was last modified: 08-26-2017 12:27 PM by eye2i2hear.)
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#veganistas? #immoral? #anthropomorphism? #sentience? #theoryofmind? #isthereanybodyinthere?

Can We Know What Animals Are Thinking?
In the opening, the author Wrote:In 1992, at Tangalooma, off the coast of Queensland, people began to throw fish into the water for the local wild dolphins to eat. In 1998, the dolphins began to feed the humans, throwing fish up onto the jetty for them. The humans thought they were having a bit of fun feeding the animals. What, if anything, did the dolphins think?


(why didn't that come up? what were the fish thinking...?)
[Image: 1*od2HLFzNoxk2JLDFFhUB3w.jpeg] (convert those dolphins into vegans already!)

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4838 words*
25mins est time to read*

*(the article includes several images with text in them, so it'll be higher)
A teaser:
Quote:... Mirror neurons are nerve cells that fire when the sight of someone else’s action triggers a matched response — they seem to be what makes yawning contagious. Animals obviously show emotions such as fear. But this can be taken to be instinctual, similar to what happens when people cry out in pain. Behaviourists had no trouble with fear, seeing it as a conditioned reflex that they knew full well how to create. The real question is whether animals have feelings which involve some sort of mental experience. This is not easy. No one knows precisely what other people mean when they talk about their emotions; knowing what dumb beasts mean is almost impossible. That said, there are some revealing indications — most notably, evidence for what could be seen as compassion. ...
Brain mapping reveals that the neurological processes underlying what look like emotions in rats are similar to those behind what clearly are emotions in humans. As a group of neuroscientists seeking to sum the field up put it in 2012, “Humans are not unique in possessing the neurological substrates that generate consciousness. Non-human animals, including all mammals and birds, and many other creatures…also possess these neurological substrates.”

But to say that animals have a biological basis for consciousness is not the same as saying they actually think or feel. ...
↳ entirety here

*sigh* 2standard caveat: the author refers to Legislation as "law" i.e. to look to

Is it voluntary? (because if it isn't, what inherently is it?)
And can it be voluntary, if there's indoctrination, intimidation, coercion, threats & initiation of violence?
[not to be confused with asking: can it be said to be "voluntary" even when such is present.?]
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