“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wrong, New Scientist

Animals don't have a self-conceptmy foot.

You should now change your name to New Scientism.


dnnsmccrmck said...

But... it says right there: "There is some evidence in a few animals for [a well-developed sense of self], notably great apes, dolphins and elephants."

cgerrish said...

My foot, my tutor.


and of course, The Tempest.

Anonymous said...

Body schema and peripersonal space are present in so many animals. If an animal doesn't modify its body schema / peripersonal space dynamics in response to a mirror, that is not an indication that it lacks a sense of self.