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Essay heading: Absence of Evidence, or Evidence of Absence; A paper on Animal Consciousness
 
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Of course human consciousness is astronomically more complex and versatile than any conceivable animal thinking, but the basic question addressed?is whether the difference is qualitative and absolute, or whether animals are conscious even though the content of their consciousness is undoubtedly limited and very likely quite different of ours...
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(3) This paper will look at what evidence there is that may imply that some, if not all, vertebrate animals may have the capacity for conscious thinking. Cognition, for example is something that animals may require in order to adapt to their changing environments so quickly. Cognition is an animal's ability to make a decision by evaluating or processing current information based on some representation of prior experience (Kamil in Pepperberg 127)...
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Of course human consciousness is astronomically more complex and versatile than any conceivable animal thinking, but the basic question addressed?is whether the difference is qualitative and absolute, or whether animals are conscious even though the content of their consciousness is undoubtedly limited and very likely quite different of ours...
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