54291Re: [evol-psych]do animals 'know'?
- Jun 2, 2007Jay,But the bug was conscious! My theory is that the widespread irrational human blindness to this fact is a cognitive adaptation that made it easier for humans to reconcile themselves to killing animals for meat and for dealing with animal pests. I think this is evidenced by the fact that women are statistically more likely to be aware of animal consciousness than men since they did less of the killing, especially of larger animals. That having been said, there are many traditional peoples including Native Americans, who do recognize animal consciousness and engage in rituals to apologize to and thank the souls of the animals they had to kill to be able to eat.I think Jay, you are still stuck in this atavistic cognitive syndrome and need to step back and actually examine what a priori (if I may use the term in its more precise logical sense) logical 'givens' your whole 'animals are not conscious, not intelligent, don't think symbolically etc.' argument is based on.As for me I will continue to take bugs outside without harming them.EdgarOn Jun 2, 2007, at 12:49 AM, Jay R. Feierman wrote:
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