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Re: [APD] Disposing of Unwanted Fish
S. Hieber wrote:
> And no one has yet voiced any concern for the plants from which we regularly tear body parts and sometimes mercilessly commit to oblivion.
Personally, I think awareness, consciousness and sentience have all been
thrown around in this discussion a little too freely. My wife works with
developmentally delayed children, which has forced me to revise my views
of consciousness and sentience. The kids are definitely conscious, but
touch down only very lightly on awareness and sentience, if at all.
These kids are stuck at aged 2-3 forever. In the animal kingdom, it is
the other way around. One can generalize and say most animals are highly
aware with respect to self preservation, but have only a smattering of
consciousness and definitely no sentience. But we can't get inside
their heads. I mean what do cows think about all day? Are they highly
developed philosophers? They could be... no one has taken out the time
to monitor a cows brain activity while it stands and chews it's cud. (Do
you think I could get a grant?)
I think perhaps these terms are still crude in a sense of being able to
describe the full scale of awareness and intelligence, thus the ensuing
debate. I'll just throw down these terms and feel free to debunk as you
will. I'm fully aware these break standard definitions, but I believe
they more aptly describe an animal intelligence scale. (I state it as
such as I don't believe humans to be separated from the animal kingdom.
Intelligence is a rather weak argument to differentiate ourselves from
Physical awareness - self preservation, it reacts to pain.
Cerebral awareness - self aware.
Consciousness - self aware and aware of thought.
Sentience - aware of self and thought, able to direct thought.
Intelligence - aware of thought. able to retain, direct, learn and/or
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