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Animals are conscious like us. Here we discuss animal intelligence, emotion and consciousness.

On this subreddit we gather evidence that animals are conscious, like us.

Read more here and here!


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Some examples of what we're looking for:

Mammals have a really good memory
Some orangutans learn how to fish
This dog knows he's at the vet

Having such good memories means they remember their suffering.
For instance, these cows are happy for returning to the pasture after a long winter.

Emotionally mammals are very developed, like us.
They share with us many of our feelings, such as fear and love.

Their emotions can be every bit as troubling as ours.
They can be depressed so much they won't even eat!

Even our distant relatives, the cetaceans are very aware and very playful fellows.
This Humpback Whale, for instance, realizes she's been saved from a fishing net and lets her rescuers know she is thankful.

Non-mammal animals on the other hand appear to be quite different from us, but birds always find ways to puzzle us.
Apparently they like to have fun!
The crow is probably the smartest bird there is!

Birds in general are very aware of what their peers are doing.

Evidence is everywhere... yet no one seems to care...

Everytime you find evidence remember to share with us.

Thanks for tuning in to the sub ;)


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Shabani the silverback and his kids want to see how the lunch preparation is progressing, but the kids really, really hate the rain outside

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2023/01/31
20:48 UTC

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A Young Maine Coon Cat and a Huge German Shepherd Dog are chilling out together.

6 Comments
2023/01/31
20:11 UTC

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Dog sings along to blues with vibrato and good pitch

16 Comments
2023/01/29
18:02 UTC

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Indian Ringneck navigates Youtube

193 Comments
2023/01/28
02:21 UTC

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Animals are like machines, because humans are like machines, at the most basic level

So, I was reading the link here about anthropdenial, and while most people might get "well, then they aren't machines", to me it just proved one thing: humans are machines.

A machine is defined as: "an apparatus using or applying mechanical power and having several parts, each with a definite function and together performing a particular task: "

Well, all that is true in any organisim.

  1. several parts with definite functions: a liver cell only works for the immune system, nerves only for processing, muscles only for moving
  2. definite function that isn't the same when combined?: nowhere is there a cell for "make noise to communicate". Yet, we can talk. Dogs can bark. No where is there a cell for body language, and yet horses can communicate almost soely via body language...

Then, as for the brain, and instincts vs. sentience? well:

Our instincts are just the pre-programed parts. Think of it like the BIOS. Then, the more advanced part that came with reptiles (And more advanced fish) allowing some reasoning. That's the Operating System. Memories, and all of that? Those are just extra's. That's word, excel, so on. More advanced organisims are guarenteed to have at least some of that, and even the "basic" ones (fish), will often have it, proving Parallel Evolution.

Now, humans like to think we are driven by more than instincts, but, ultimately? We are just instincts with some thoughts. We are mere automatons, with some extra bits. Those "extra bits" allow launguage, communication, and so on. Because those are helpful, they can be kept. The nice side effects are sentience. But, when you break it down, sentience is just the excess brain power. Anything sufficiently advanced is bound to become sentient. But, ultimatly, we are just machines following our programing, as are all animals. We can just attempt to manipulate the actions of said programs.

So, that means: the greeks where right in saying animals are like machines. They just forgot the fact that that include humans as a machine!

If we break it down further, the body might act like a machine, but the cells are machines. With a single purpouse. Reproduce, copy. Even cells like the liver, ultimatly they act as a filter, but their primary goal is to duplicate. It's just in their interest to keep the macro-system (the body) alive.

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2023/01/26
18:25 UTC

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Bloodhound siblings teasing/annoyance feels very familiar

36 Comments
2023/01/26
15:53 UTC

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That emotion change is ...

8 Comments
2023/01/25
01:51 UTC

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Testing if Gizmo has self recognition in the mirror. 😛 Think he understands?

69 Comments
2023/01/24
18:40 UTC

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Rare footage of two endangered golden monkeys hugging

213 Comments
2023/01/24
17:01 UTC

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You will appreciate Frans de Waal books

Reading Bonobo and the Atheist seriously changed my way of looking at animals. Main idea of the book (at least in my opinion) is that many emotions we recognize as "human", i.e. caring for others, being kind or empathetic, is quite common among apes, and even beyond. Author suggests, that if some behaviors are common in different species, there is probably singular reason for them. Also he arguments that we as humans firstly feel we should make some decision, and just then find a rational reason why we should do it.

Some quotes:

“Those who exclaim that “animals are not people” tend to forget that, while true, it is equally true that people are animals. To minimize the complexity of animal behavior without doing the same for human behavior erects an artificial barrier.”

“Along with people in other creative professions, such as artists and musicians, many scientists experience this transcendence. I do so every day. For one, it's impossible to look an ape in the eye and not see oneself. There are other animals with frontally oriented eyes, but none that give you the shock of recognitions of the ape's. Looking back at you is not so much an animal but a personality as solid and willful as yourself.”

“if two closely related species act the same under similar circumstances, the mental processes behind their behavior are likely the same, too. The alternative would be to postulate that, in the short time since they diverged, both species evolved different ways of generating the same behavior.”

5 Comments
2023/01/24
10:47 UTC

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Using Tools

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2023/01/24
07:05 UTC

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Sea spider annoyed by a little shrimp in a cold water aquarium. (OP has full video link)

5 Comments
2023/01/24
00:20 UTC

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🔥 This Orangutan trying to stop a bulldozer from destroying the forest

196 Comments
2023/01/19
04:41 UTC

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Baby Gorilla realises his family has moved out of sight while he was focused on his snack and panics

168 Comments
2023/01/17
20:00 UTC

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Open the door

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2023/01/15
17:58 UTC

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She’s having the time of her life

70 Comments
2023/01/15
16:46 UTC

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A Gorilla rushes in to protect a baby from a group of adults having a scuffle

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2023/01/14
21:10 UTC

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german shepherd saves 6yo from being attracked by another dog

186 Comments
2023/01/14
18:36 UTC

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My African grey dances along and clicks to his favorite music

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2023/01/14
01:11 UTC

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