A question about the nature of consciousness?





This question was inspired by a answer to a previous question.
Do animals have consciousness that they are & some kind of understanding however simplistic of purpose?
For that matter what about plants & rocks?
Is it that they do not or in our arrogance do we just assume they do not & if so how & why are we not aware of this aspect of consciousness in them?
Are we right to always assume that we are the greatest & most evolved?
Just curious what you guys think.
Thanks for answering.
I don’t give thumbs down! All opinions are welcome!


  1. You asked specifically about consciousness: that which makes a sentient being aware itself as being. The reason to clarify is that there is a tendency to confuse knowing and perceiving and being conscious.
    Awareness is a universal principle and is not different in different beings. What others sometimes describe is the differences in how the minds of humans and animals react to consciousness or how the minds of both manifest, in general.
    We assume that the brain creates consciousness as the result of some chemical process even though there is no evidence to support this. As a result we also assume that animals, plants, rocks, planets and stars do not have the ability to produce consciousness, that they are not aware of being, when there is evidence to suggest that they are aware of being. They may not perceive the way we do and they may not experience the way we do but that has nothing to do with simply being aware.

  2. The nature of consciousness is collective. All consciousness depend on all other consciousness to take shape.
    Consciousness can be classified in eight classes:
    Eye, Ear, Nose, Tongue, Body, Mind, Manas, and Store Consciousness.
    The first five are self explanatory and a shared by all sentient beings.
    The sixth consciousness, Mind Consciousness, can also be identified as ideation, or the process of creating new ideas.
    Mind consciousness is sometimes described as monkey mind, as it is “unsettled; restless; capricious; whimsical; fanciful; inconstant; confused; indecisive; uncontrollable”.
    Mind consciousness does appear to be present in animal life to varying degrees.
    The seventh consciousness, Manas, is the consciousness known to misapprehend the senses to create a false notion of self. It is generally considered to be not consciously controllable, but it can be overcome through its transformation into “great mirror wisdom.”
    Manas also appears to be present in all sentient being to different degrees.
    The eighth consciousness is store consciousness. This consciousness is also known as the base consciousness. It is both collective and individual, while also being neither collective nor individual. All the seeds of all actions ever done are stored in this consciousness.
    This consciousness is also present as not only the base of all consciousnesses, but also the entire universe.

  3. When my dog was still living, I would think to her what my intention was concerning her, to go for a walk, play with the ball, go for a drive, get a snack, all things were in the same location, the garage, …
    she would always go to the right one, the leash, the ball, the car, the barrel of dog food, she always got it right.
    She would come, if she wasn’t in the mood to have an adventure with out me, she would come if we were in the back yard when I simply thought “okay its time to go in”.
    I dreamt about her the day she died when I was in another country. She was looking for the right stop to get off at for her afterlife, she was on a bus and wanted my help, she was actually trying to be tricked by some not so nice people to get off at the wrong stop. This of course was my dream. I helped her to the right stop with much reassurance. Can I explain all this? Nah.

  4. .
    Animals, plants, rocks, are our teachers … They are consciousness in one of it’s purest forms. The 13th century Christian mystic Meister Eckhart wrote. “Every creature is full of God and is a book about God.”
    And Henry Beston 1888 – 1968 wrote this in his book “The Outermost House.”
    “We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion.
    We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate for having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein do we err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with the extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear.
    They are not brethren, they are not underlings: they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.”
    There are such excellent answers already, that I thought I would just put these quotes as my answer. How wonderful that so many think this way about animals.

  5. You might be interested in learning about “The Holographic Universe”. The universe is a bit like a Hologram structure. In this model, every ‘Part’ has the complete information to make up the ‘Whole’. Every part is completely aware of the whole. Just like every cell of our body has the information in the DNA to construct the whole body.. So each Cell that compose our body is individually aware of the whole body as well. This is the same with the universe also – Everything is aware and connected to everything else through a dimensionless link. For humans the ego tends to cause separateness.
    In ‘Secret life of Plants’ I heard that plants are not actually separate conscious like us, but are super conscious. They have a dream like awareness, of which they have a lot of control.
    Regarding rocks esp. Gems, Crystals and ice crystals, they seem to exhibit the qualities of living things such as reproduction etc. So even for the scientist, there is no clear line defining what things are conscious, and which things are not.
    It seems everything that exists in this universe is conscious at some level, and they all strive to eventually attain human consciousness. Our consciousness evolves that way.

  6. I just imagine that all those thirty people who answered this question would meet in such a place like this where I’m living now, in nature, on top of a hill, with sunshine, birds singing, we sit in a circle, close our eyes – and do nothing else than be aware of our presence, sensing the energy that is present.
    There is silence – filled with vibration …
    There are rocks around, plants and animals – coming together, being here …
    There is space – that goes beyond horizons …
    There is consciousness – we are being here and now …
    There is no separation – we are One.
    Pure consciousness …
    That is probably not an answer to your question, but that’s what I wanted to express. Thanks for your question.

  7. I’m just passing through and was touched by some of these answers,
    Veers ???????????????? I really do like your answer. Bless You!

  8. All things are the one consciousness. Animals are, rocks are, we are, plants are. It is arrogance and human ignorance that makes us feel superior to all that is. We are not aware of the consciousness all around us because we are identified with egos that want to be special and have spent much energy and time ignoring what is right in front of us. We have invented imaginary futures to be preoccupied by and pasts to fret about. We have invented science and religion to keep our egos fed and our minds busy. In this way we become the only conscious being on earth able to ignore what is right now. Through the efforts of the human ego identified mind we have become the most clever expression of ignorance consciousness has ever become.
    No, we are not right to assume that we are the greatest & most evolved. Yet, if we wake up we are able to again join the divine splendor of the conscious life and smile at the insanity of it all knowing, as does the plant or the rock, that consciousness is eternal.

  9. Yes. Everything has consciousness within and it was understood by many.
    If an earthworm is left in a maze at one end it reaches the exit point by several trial and errors. After the first one crossed, if one more earthworm is left in the entry point of the maze, this earthworm reaches the exit point without any error but in a shortest route. This clearly let us know the first earthworm which undergone trial and error has left some sort of signal. Is it not the consciousness possessed by earthworm?
    In respect of plants some researchers have found the following:
    In a group of trees in a jungle the chemical reaction among the trees in the given time is same. For example during day time in the sun light they absorb carbon- di-oxide and release oxygen. When somebody try to fell a tree, the message is being passed on to the remaining trees and they react differently by probably out of fear for the disaster nearing them. This is recorded by varied chemical reaction among them differing from the normal reaction. Does it not show that they have consciousness and communicating to the other?
    This is comparable in a group of human if one bomb is dropped everyone become panic.
    Another example is that any flower blossom in the night will be invariably white and bright color and sweet fragrance. This is to attract the ?bees to bless them? for perpetuity.
    In respect of rocks it is part and parcel of the mother earth. The mother earth is almost 150 million kilometers away from Sun. Our mother earth is revolving round the Sun in an orbit over 950 million kilometers length in one year (at a speed of about 100,000 kilometers speed per hour) If the mother earth is not traveling at that speed around the Sun the mother earth will be pulled by Sun. Who has given such instructions to mother earth to travel at that speed to keep herself in equilibrium? Is it not the consciousness of mother earth? Rock is a part of the mother earth
    so everything in Universe has it got its own consciousness.
    Thank you soullight!

  10. Human beings are the most advanced species in the galaxy (that we know of). Animals have emotions such as fear, sadness, excitement, sexual desire, happiness, playfulness, etc. However, they are, for the most part, slaves to instinct where human beings have free will. I think something in the lines of an ape or an elephant are intelligent enough to realize they exist; but they do not have the capacity to create a civilization as complex as humans. They do not have countries or religions. They only have clans.

  11. Everything is what I will call Cosmic Consciousness expressing itself, to know itself in all ways and all forms, this of course will take an eternity to complete. I have been to my center and thus have seen every things center we are in the family of things. Everything is Kundalini, “the energy of passion” arising from the place of love.
    Wild Geese by Mary Oliver
    You do not have to be good.
    You do not have to walk on your knees
    for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
    You only have to let the soft animal of your body
    love what it loves.
    Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
    Meanwhile the world goes on.
    Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
    are moving across the landscapes,
    over the prairies and the deep trees,
    the mountains and the rivers.
    Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
    are heading home again.
    Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
    the world offers itself to your imagination,
    calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting ?
    over and over announcing your place
    in the family of things.

  12. Through my experience, conscience, is the state of being aware of one’s self, other sentients, and environment. As far human arrogance (ignorance) is concerned, it is known as conscience superiority. The civilized mind, is to try to control all that is natural, and will fail. The savage mind, is not motivated by control or tomorrow. They live in the moment, harmonious with nature. As the Masai Tribe do in Africa. There are a few others as well. To have a free mind, is to be brave.

  13. No one can “Have” consciousness, because we “Are” consciousness. Whole material manifest is indeed concious energy.
    Rock is sleeping Buddha in the deepest sleep. meaning awareness of zero.
    Awareness is the level of recognition of this consciousness. the objects more aware, more highly concious.
    Plants and animals a little more aware.
    some intelligent birds, animals, a little more aware.
    Human a bit more aware.
    The Yakshas , Kinnaras and other beings, even more aware.
    Deva’s, Devata’s ( angels come under these beings ) and even more aware.
    Enlightened being : he is completely aware, meaning there is no more object and its perception, but only consciousness, and the being knows this by experience.
    Growing along the increasing order of awareness is going to heavens and going to enlightenment.
    decreasing consciousness, going into various hells described in the vedas.
    depending on the bandwidth of awareness you belong to, your mind shall attach to collective mind and create and spawn a corresponding world to dwell, ( for example our world, )
    deva’s leave in there heavens, this is the world spawned by there minds and the collective mind that governs devas and so on ..
    God bless,
    — Deito
    Harirnama Harirnama Harirnama Kevalam.

  14. There are very sophisticates animal psychological studies that all but the highest primates have very little since of self consciousness. Almost all of their responses are hard wired. It’s only with the advent of the cortex that we see novel behavior.

  15. Animals have no self awareness, they only act on Instinct.
    They have, however, some memory that can give them a fast reaction in situations they have experienced before.
    They can have some social rules to structure their lives in the group they live in but all is instinctive and only based on self to the degree of survival.
    Vegetables and minerals (plants and rocks) have no memory or instincts they are only living organisms.
    Both worlds (vegetables and minerals) have been given to Humans to administrate, that is God’s command.
    We are, compared to those other forms of life, the most evolved.
    The question is are we evolved enough to get to know God?

  16. Hello. We give our perception of self-consciousness to the fact that our brains are highly developed. Therefore, I believe that animals do have a conscious perception of themselves however simplistic because of the visible “choices” they make. An animal can be observed making certain actions with a hint of some kind of personality. A pet for example will have certain characteristics that it goes through and will become known for. Those characteristics point to preferences in that animal that cause them to do those things over something else. However many of those things can be do to instincts and natural tendencies but those can fall into a sort of consciousness. I don’t know if it goes so far into that they think they have a “purpose”. It’s more than likely drive more than purpose.
    With plants and rocks I would say no for rocks and extremely reduced for plants. A rock has no perception in that it has no functions that it can willingly carry out. A plant however can move toward sunlight or entrap prey. However that plant is working off of a series of impulses brought on by chemical changes in its nature. But can the movement of a body into something more preferable be called “conscious”? The act within itself has an instinct involved yet the plant is moving itself in order to carry it out. As I say “extremely reduced” I mean that the plant can do things that may hint at it though it has no process to determine that it is or what it is other than moving at the time.
    I don’t really know about the arrogance vs knowledge question. I do think that in too many situations humans show a readiness to “be the best” and most evolved. If evolution deemed us the best then couldn’t we outdo many animals in our character aside from intelligence? But many things that we deem “conscious”, us creating the word anyway, do not fall into plants, rocks, and certain animals. Though we seem to have made it “human exclusive” in the criteria for it.
    What’s “right” is up for constant opinion and debate. Some may think something right even though it may be wrong. But why not do so if there is no harm in it. If we are not harming anything by thinking ourselves the most evovlved, us creating the theory, or the greatest, us being the only ones to percieve ourselves, then why not do so. But me noting that we created those characteristics shows that by saying these things we are also simply meeting our own agenda. So just because something doesn’t measure up to our conception of consciousness doesn’t mean that they couldn’t be considered so in an different perceptive light. Thank you for reading all of this and I must say that this is an excellent question. Brava! Thank you and Good bye.

  17. It seems to me that it depends where we choose to draw the line about what has consciousness and what doesn’t. By me, we are all part of the same consciousness, and it exists all the time. The idea that we are somehow separate or superior is one of those things that can get us in a lot of trouble in life and have us be very lonely. Best wishes!

  18. All beings, all that exist – animate or inanimate – have consciousness but in different degree and extant.Most of the inanimate like rocks absorbs what it needs in just adequate measure and rejects others and that self limiting mechanism(homeostasis of a closed system) endowed by nature is the rudimentary consciousness/intelligence only. Animals have greater consciousness, it voluntarily seeks what it wants although they are determined by instincts it betrays intelligence/consciousness that contributes efficiently to their survival and growth. However, it is very limited and reflects only self interest only. Whereas in humans consciousness is so deep and vast that goes beyond self interest, that engages in activity contributing to the survival of other beings including altruistic ideals. In fact, human beings can be conscious of it being conscious, awareness of awareness, self awareness that makes human take charge of themselves and grow beyond the animal instincts, indulge in creative and artistic pursuits, exhibit selfless love, beauty, grace and ability to comprehend the world and move with it very consciously.

  19. For those that have been born curious….
    Consciousness is ever aware of a much greater Consciousness.
    Consciousness is always searching for self refinement.
    Consciousness is always asking the infinite question: Is there not more?
    Consciousness then gives birth to curiosity.
    Curiosity is the yearning to understand that which is yet unknown.
    Is fire curious? Is earth curious? Is water curious? Is air curious?
    These elements each understand their own place within creation (nature), their curiousity has been satisfied.
    It is man that does not understand man’s place within creation.
    Fire is at peace, within itself. Earth is at peace, within itself.
    Water is at peace, within itself. Air is at peace, within itself.
    Why is it that man is not at peace within himself, when man is constructed of these same elements that have been granted peace?
    These elements seem to be struggling and doing warfare within man.
    Man must be the mediator between these elements.
    The essence within man must be the mediator.
    Man must know himself (Man meaning human being).
    Man must know the central point within man in order to become a mediator.
    Where is this central point?
    The central point is: Where man and “The Creator” meet or become connected. Man must use wisdom to understand just where it is that “God and man meet”.
    All things are related to consciousness and partake, within its own framework, of various forms of consciousness.
    Man has been given a special form of consciousness.
    Man has been singled out, by the Creator
    Man has dominion over the elements. Man must learn to be a good mediator, a good steward.
    As one begins to know oneself, all of these intimate questions that arise from within will surely be answered.
    Consciousness is very curious, is it not so?
    *footnote – The thumbs down fairies are undoubtedly suffering from a degraded state of consciousness.
    Please pardon the babble….

  20. God
    The Seth personality said that there is a God, whom he described as a “primary energy gestalt”[45] and a “psychic pyramid of interrelated, ever-expanding consciousness”.[46] Seth used the term “All That Is” instead of God, and preferred to use the term “God” to describe the traditional Judeo-Christian concepts.[45] Seth said that All That Is is composed of self-replicating and inexhaustible mental energy which permeates the universe and forms all things, including all individuals.[2] As the energy does this, it carries the consciousness of All That Is with it. Thus, the consciousness of All That Is occupies all things and is omnipresent.[2] All That Is, therefore, is a gestalt of all existence, as in Pantheism and Panentheism (a gestalt is a whole which is greater than the sum of its parts). For this reason, it can be said that only one individual exists in the universe, and all other individuals are contained within the greater whole. “All faces belong to God”, as Seth said.[citation needed] Since the consciousness of All That Is occupies all things, All That Is experiences each life that is lived, including the failures, triumphs, perfections and imperfections of each individual. All That Is wishes to experience existence in all its forms and ramifications, and through its creations is able to do this. Since reality is ever-changing, All That Is is dynamic and ever-changing. That portion of All That Is that forms each individual is the “personal God”.[47] Hanegraaff writes that “theology/cosmology of the Seth Material” presents an explicit example of God as the “‘generative source’ of reality”.[2]
    According to Seth, the individuals who exist within All That Is, though part of All That Is, have free will and self-determination.[46] They also have the creative powers if All That Is, although those powers are masked by the root assumptions of physical reality. Since the mental energy of All That Is forms all things, all material things have life and consciousness, though of an order that is not perceptible to human beings in their present state of development. The atom is a means by which the mental energy of All That Is can be materialized. According to Seth, All That Is does not know of any others like itself, but assumes that something — possibly another “primary energy gestalt” — came before it. If All That Is sprang from another like itself, then the possibility exists that there are other Gods, each presumably aware only of its own existence.

  21. Bee, most answers I read are based on what WE perceive to be nature of consciousness i.e, awareness by the mind itself and the world where the consciousness emerges from the operations of the brain. I for one believe all things on this earth are relative to their own nature. By nature I mean the phenomena of the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, the landscape and other features and products of the earth, as oppose to humans or human creations.
    Now, based on the nature of things, I do believe that everything other than humans on this earth process their own individual makeup and this inherent complexity cannot be understood by our own consciousness thus, to answer your question: I DON’T REALLY KNOW.

  22. I read an article in reader’s Digest, some time back. The article was about a scientific discovery about plants.
    When there are several plants, say tomato, and one appears to be sickly, the other plants nearby will produce some kind of natural antibiotics that enable this one plant to get better.
    This was incredible to me! How could they know to help another plant?
    God is amazing, isn’t He? 😀

  23. Awareness always involves communication, and all of existence is bathed in communication. At the most fundamental levels of communication, the set of all frequencies of the electromagnetic spectrum, which is more easily referred to simply as “light”, is involved in linking together various objects and events as light is emitted, transmitted, reflected/refracted/diffracted and absorbed. Similarly, attractive and repulsive forces such as gravity, magnetism, dielectrics (positive and negative electrical charges) and the nuclear forces (weak and strong) are all intimately involved in linking things together, i.e. communicating on the most basic plane of existence. So, phenomenal effects, for example, are that the sun communicates with the planets, and electrons communicate with protons, among other things. The sun communicates with plants, plants communicate with carbon dioxide, nitrogen, soil and rain, and bees communicate with plants. Yes, and even the rocks are absorbing and re-emitting, i.e. reflecting light and heat, and they communicate with the earth through gravity. All is totally immersed in a milieu thick with communication, memory, data, and information. Awareness is the epiphenomenon of such immersion, and consciousness develops as more potential and capability rises through levels of awareness to become more focused and exclusive in concentration.
    A note of caution about Julian Jaynes; he ended up on a psychiatric ward after writing his book equating squirrils to refrigerators, among other things.

  24. First one would need to determinate what consciousness exactly is, – but let’s say it is an awareness that goes on a scale from 0 to 100, then humans might be at point 50 at the present state of evolution as an average. Plants might be at 10 and rocks at 3. Animals probably between 20 and 40. Believing that humans are the most evolved might be right, but we are not in a competition here and in the scale humans are still pretty low. There is still a long way to go…
    Humans are not aware of the consciousness in other beings, as rocks, plants and animals, because they are not even capable to be aware of their own state of being. They have a limited awareness about their existence, their mind and emotions, – but mostly because they are identified with concepts they have created and a self image that gives them a certain identification. But they are not conscious about the fact that this is their own creation and has created a fake reality. With their ‘picture reality’ they are confronting their daily reality and going into a game when they are defending themselves or getting confirmation for their concepts, beliefs, dreams, hopes and wishes. That is causing a lot of frustration and suffering as people are constantly reacting and they are not conscious about what makes them react! The give the fault mostly to the outside and need to repeat their experience, suffering again and again, but that is their choice. Suffering is forcing them to rise their consciousness to be able to survive. There are other ways if people start to have doubts about their attitude and lifestyle and ask questions, but most humans are not ready and they still need the hard way…
    PS: That’s the reason why I like ‘Answers Yahoo’. This is a precious space that can be used in a very creative way to get help and to give help. That something like this exist is a good sign for human consciousness and growth.

  25. Here is my rather peculiar take on this question.
    Say a small child wants to play a video game. His big brother selects one that has little guys driving trucks around. It is simple, and he knows the kid can do this one.
    Later, when the child is bored with it, and comes back to his brother, he is handed one now where a little danger is added, the child must act quickly or there are consequences.
    You see where I’m going here.
    Animals are playing this Life Game one sense at a time. The dog, absolutely overwhelmed by the powers of scent, goes from one interesting odor to another.
    The eagle, with his sharp eyesight, is working on the joy of seeing.
    The fish, able to detect waves of pressure and sound through his very body, keeps from danger by constantly feeling the environment.
    They are the children playing the upgraded games.
    Mankind, now using phenomenal powers of intelligence, is able to play the highest game of all.
    Plants feel their environment and work on taking from sun, soil, and water what is needed to prosper. They are perhaps the toddlers playing the simplest game. It’s slow, but it’s good practice.

  26. recommended reading:
    “The Origin of Consciouness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind”
    -Julian Jaynes
    I think the Buddha said “let your own light be the guide to your path”
    it might be that humans are not able to perceive the existence of “greater” beings on this earthly realm (which is not to say that they do or do not exist …)
    how much perception ‘animals’ have of humans and each other might relate to their “need to know” LOLOL … sorry, just had to joke around a little on this SUnday morning

  27. Modern physics and quantum mechanics both point to the reality that everything that exist has energy as its basic component and that even the tiniest particles display an awareness of their relationships with other particles.
    One can observe how animals interact with their environment and specifically with other animals, including humans.
    Animals have also been observed performing acts of tremendous courage so as to save other animals at the loss of their own lives, as well as acts of kindness which may be seen as compassion.
    Perhaps all that exist is, at some level of consciousness, aware of being alive and, thereby, of being a part of all else that exist rather than separate from the same.
    Perhaps such awareness is what allows all to live in harmony with the ki or energy of the universe as the same has arisen from the Universal/One and is manifest as that which enlivens, fills and has lovingly created all that exist and to which all will eventually return.

  28. yes sister… it is through my study of Rudolf Steiner and Anthroposophy that i was opened to the idea that all things are conscious… insha’Allah.
    i feel terribly inept at answering this question and can only speak from my heart that by God’s Loving Grace… “All Things Great and Small” are blessed by our Beloved and Beneficent Creator.
    “He prayeth best, who loveth best
    All things both great and small;
    For the dear God who loveth us,
    He made and loveth all.” The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
    i believe that it is simply arrogance of the little-self that puffs it’s self up into thinking that we are the greatest and most evolved… [Such a person is a prisoner of his ego (asir an-nafs)] and it requires humility to bend our knee to the LORD… who did indeed Create all things… including us.
    [5:120] “Allah’s is the kingdom of the heavens and the earth and whatever is in them; and He is Possessor of power over all things.”
    Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.”
    may the Peace of God bless us all this wonderful Sunday morning… and may we be forgiven for our faults.
    “Steiner saw human beings as consisting of a physical body, the nature of which is common to the inorganic world; a life body (also called the etheric body) which all living creatures (including plants) possess; the bearer of sentience or consciousness (also called the astral body), held also by all animals; and the ego, in which is anchored the faculty of self-awareness unique to human beings.”

  29. animals do have a certain degree of self-consciousness…and they do understand purpose…
    well, mostly immediate purpose…like finding food, shelter…
    plants…well, plants don’t have a brain…
    when it comes to rocks, they are not alive to begin with…
    we are the most evolved, but not always the wisest, or the kindest, as far as I’m concerned…

  30. Of course they possess consciousness. All it takes for one to see that is to drop their smugness long enough to observe the world around them.

  31. We certainly are not the most evolved, unless you take intelligence to be the only measure.
    It’s almost certain that some animals have some level of consciousness. There are a number of tests that can be done to determine whether this is true.
    For example, one of the concepts that is closely related is that of self-awareness. A test for this is the so-called “Mirror Test”. This involves an animal being shown its reflection in a mirror to determine whether it recognises the image as itself or thinks it is a different individual. Animals such as apes, dolphins and elephants have passed this test.

  32. We don’t connect with plants and minerals or fully with people and animals, because we are still using the perceptions of the physical body, which see life as separate instead of whole.
    When there is love, there can be no secrets.
    Each must develop love himself. It comes with forgiveness.
    We cannot fully love anyone until we love everyone.
    We all come from the same source.

  33. I don’t believe that animals have evolved to the point where they can think about “why” things happen – obviously they can realize “They hit me because I bit someone”, yet I’m talking about unprovoked cognitive activity about what they don’t understand (and I believe that’s what you’re talking about too).
    The conscious is basically a term we use to simplify the chemical reactions that take place within our brain to produce “thought”. Plants and rocks have no conscious because they have no nervous system. It’s not arrogance but fact.
    Yes, we are the greatest. Again, that’s fact. We are more intelligent, have the capacity and ability to build cities and construct practically whatever we want, and quite ironically the one really major thing that makes us the “greatest” is our ability to wipe our every other specie.

  34. Many religions believe that animals have consciousness and are sentient beings.
    Christianity is the only religion that avoids or denies this. I am not referring to individual Christians or to all sects, but in general.

  35. “Are we right to always assume that we are the greatest & most evolved?” What does “most evolved” mean? Evolution is not a drive towards complexity, it’s the natural selection of members of a species best suited for their environment.
    Rocks do not have consciousness. There is nothing to suggest that plants or most animals do either. Some animals do have incredible intelligence that suggests they are conscious.

  36. What is it like to be a bat?
    What is it like to be a rock?
    Like a soul without a mind, in a body without a heart.. I’m missing every part… Hey!

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