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How would you the describe the consciousness of an insect?

How do they process information? can they think? do they have a sense of self? do they feel fear, pleasure etc?

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bill b
bill b
9 years ago

Two great answers above, but the short answer would be:
The only information they process is what is necessary to survive and reproduce.

ie: they can’t become lazy, have enjoyment, love, or even fear in the sense of being afraid of something because of the unknown like mammals can [but survival defense or retreat could be mistaken as “fear”]

Roger S
Roger S
9 years ago

The arthropod nervous system is analogous to the vertebrate nervous system in several ways. First of all it, reflects the fact both arthropods and vertebrates have a body plan based on bilateral symmetry. This means the body is made of two identical halves which join along the spinal cord. Both arthropods and vertebrates have a nerve cord which runs from the front to back end. There are nerve bundles known as ganglia evenly spaced along the cord, usually one for each body segment. Like arthropods, vertebrates have segmented bodies as well, and this is seen in the bones of the… Read more »

haysoos2 - AM Capo of Canada
haysoos2 - AM Capo of Canada
9 years ago

It’s hard to answer this positively without actually possessing animal telepathy. There are some who would argue that even cats and dogs don’t fit many categories you list there. But from the neurological and behavioural data gathered in the study of insects, it seems as though most insects process information very much in similar fashion to a computer. Most of their behaviour is kind of hard-wired in, and consists of feedback loops and ‘if then’ statements. For example, a flying insect whose legs are lifted off the ground will start flapping its wings – its all based on the position… Read more »

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