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Can animals do 'more'? - August 3rd 2013, 11:17 AM

I was in a discussion with someone a while ago about whether or not animals can do 'more'. By this I mean, for example, humans have learned how to create societies for themselves, towering buildings and moving machines whereas many other animals haven't. Birds create nests as their homes, dolphins have names for each other and are considered a highly intelligent species, monkeys etc are able to make tools for themselves to break open fruit and so on but, no animal seems to have matched the human.

The person I was in the discussion with said they think that animals, especially birds, aren't aware of their surroundings and aren't self-aware, that they do things without being aware that they do it. I disagreed because animals such as the orang-utan, it's a proven fact that they are self-aware. I think that animals besides humans can do 'more' but choose not to because they have learned all they need to do for surviving in their current times. One study of just a pigeon showed that it learned to turn its head in a specific manner in order for it to be provided with food, showing that even animals such as pigeons can learn to do 'more' but unless forced to by climate, other civilisations or evolution, for now they simply choose not to. Another study had a bubble emitter at the bottom of an ocean level to test the intelligence level of dolphins, at first they seemed wary of the ring of bubbles that would shoot from the bottom of the emitter but one curious dolphin chose to ignore the rest of its friends and family an swim through the circle of bubbles and soon, the dolphins made games using the ring of bubbles. This shows that dolphins can do 'more' too.

Humans are believed to have evolved from primates and are considered the most intelligent animal on the planet but did we become this way out of a need for survival? Although animals may or may not be able to match our level in which we have created so many things but, do they have the capability to? Even if many have no arms or legs? They learned to adapt to survive using their wings, heads, bodies, fins, tails, hands and their feet but can they eventually do the same as we do? Maybe they would on a lesser scale but seeing as it's believed that humans evolved from primates, perhaps all other animals will evolve into something else and become similar to us but in their own way.

Either way I was just wondering on what people's thoughts and opinions are as it'd be nice to see from another's perspective.

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Re: Can animals do 'more'? - August 3rd 2013, 11:52 AM

I do believe most animals are aware of their surroundings, and act accordingly. Most creatures have been able to adapt to what they need to do to survive in a changing environment. Many are also clearly self-aware. Dolphins and Chimps have been proven, and others are well on their way. Parrots are another one, many species are very sensitive and self-aware of what's happening to them and how to react to it. To say animals aren't capable of being aware of their surroundings is a pretty ignorant statement...

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Re: Can animals do 'more'? - August 4th 2013, 03:39 AM

Did you know that elephants mourn? Like, they take their dead, and place all of their dead in one area. Like a grave; and they visit them. I find that really interesting.

I do think animals are very much aware, way more than they are given credit for. For example, my cats will smell me to see if I've cut. And if they know I'm going to do something, they'll stand outside of the bathroom and cry while trying to get their paws under the door. So I definitely believe that they're very intelligent.

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Re: Can animals do 'more'? - August 8th 2013, 12:15 PM

Animals are more intelligent than a lot of humans give them credit for. If they weren't aware of their surroundings, they wouldn't survive.

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Re: Can animals do 'more'? - August 13th 2013, 05:25 AM

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