MadSci Network: Zoology

Subject: How can self awareness in animals be recognised?

Date: Fri Feb 1 17:21:02 2002
Posted by Tally
Grade level: grad (science) School: No school entered.
City: Ramat-Gan State/Province: No state entered. Country: Israel
Area of science: Zoology
ID: 1012602062.Zo

I am bothered by the common refarence in popular scientific litereture to an 
animal as being self aware based on its ability to recognize itself in a 
mirror. It is hard for me to view a dog, for example, as being unaware of 
itself as an individual distict from others. Are there other ways to judge self 
awareness in animals? What is the common scientific definition(s) of self 
awareness, anyway?
Thanks in advance

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