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Is there any difference between animal and human consciousness?

Is there any difference between animal and human consciousness? Do humans just have better brains to process the information, and contemplate on their situation? Or is there a ‘physical’ difference in the consciousness of animals?

If there is a difference, what animal comes lowest on the consciousness scale?
@Ardi Pithecus: ‘There is a vast difference between animal and human consciousness. It cannot, however, be “physical” because consciousness is not physical, only the mechanics behind the phenomenon are physical.’

Isn’t consciousness a physical phenomenon?

I thought that was the latest standpoint on the subject.

It seems most of the answers are regarding cognitive function, where there is an obvious difference.

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Is there any difference between animal and human consciousness? ~~~ There is only ‘One’ Consciousness! You must have missed elementary biology in grade school; humans are full fledged, card carrying members of the animal kingdom! “Consciousness is the ground of all being!” – Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics Every Perspective is unique, by definition/nature. The First Law of Soul Dynamics; “For every Perspective, there is an equal and opposite Perspective!” – Book of Fudd The Universe/Reality is known by many unique Perspectives, but ‘one’ Consciousness! Everyone’s perceptions are included as inherently real features of Reality! “The complete Universe (Reality/Truth/God/’Self!’/… or… Read more »

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Humans have the most neo-cortex so yes, presumably. Some animals like birds (corvids, specifically magpies) appear to have self-awareness, problem solving, and theory of mind, anyway. Insects would be on the lowest end. Then fish, then lizards, I think. There are some very smart birds and mammals. All of this depends on brain structure, size, number of neurons, number of connections and brain-to-body mass ratio.

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Time magazine did a study on it. they found that humans had more cognitive function or consiousness then animals.monkeys, chimpanzees, baboons had a high amount of cnsiousness but less than humans. dogs and cats had low amount of consuiousness but still had consiousness. birds have very low amount of consciouisness. and insects and bugs hav virtually no consiousness they just have things in their brain attracting them to good and away from bad.

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There is a vast difference between animal and human consciousness. It cannot, however, be “physical” because consciousness is not physical, only the mechanics behind the phenomenon are physical. The great naturalist Loren Eiseley said animal consciousness kept them an “eternal present”. Another way of looking at the same thing is to use the description given by Ayn Rand, that animals have only range-of-the-moment consciousness; they are able to focus on a task, and when it done, they cannot connect it as a “known subject of itself, of its conscious states, of other minds, of an external world, of universals, of… Read more »

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a creatures level of being can always be defined by three things: the food they eat, the air they breathe and the impressions they take in. Insects are not proper food for man, they are food for BIRDS. Yet various asian countries often include insects on their menu. I know this for a fact, having purchased “medicine” from asian “pharmacies”. Certain types of tea have many many bodies of dead crickets in them or dead SOMETHINGS that looked like crickets. It was disgusting. Feces, even lower than insects, is proper food for FLIES. Some food that a pig eats would… Read more »

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