Insects are conscious, claims major paper that could show us how our own thoughts began

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Click Here to Read:  Insects are conscious, claims major paper that could show us how our own thoughts began The study could mark a major step forward in arguments about how, why and when consciousness came about, and who gets to have it by Andrew Griffin on The Independent website on April 26, 2016.

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  1. Tamar Schwartz Says:

    Comment from from RB:

    Thank you Arnie, article number 9 from your list this week (insect consciousness) reminds me of a bee keeper acquaintance who removes whole hives from buildings and homes, without use of a mask or other protection.

    He says that bees can “sense” many things, including agitation, anger, threat, calmness and other non-verbal emotional manifestations in their environment. He tries to tell me about his intimacy, his relationship with the bees he keeps and with those he “removes,” but becomes lost for words… and when I suggested “psychic taste buds” of bees, he said “Yes! and they’re good tasters of flowers too!”

    The world is Alive with “consciousness” of many forms… call them what we will.

    from the article: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/insects-are-conscious-claims-major-paper-that-could-show-us-how-our-own-thoughts-began-a7002151.html

    “The scientists behind the paper say that “insect consciousness” is a complicated phrase, and it is so important to clarify what is meant. Everyone agrees, for instance, that bees can take information from their world, perform computations on it and act on that information.

    Instead, scientists are looking for evidence of whether or not insects can feel and sense their world from their own perspective.

    Traditionally, philosophers and scientists have looked to understand whether that is the case by looking at the behaviour of the insects or other animals. But they are now looking at the specific neural make-up of the animals they are studying.

    Clearly, the specific make-up of the insect brain means that their experience of consciousness is going to be different from that of a human.

    “Their experience of the world is not as rich or as detailed as our experience – our big neocortex adds something to life!” the scientists wrote recently. “But it still feels like something to be a bee.” ”

    Can we feel what its like to feel like a bee?

    Do bees feel the need to know “how their own thoughts began?”

    RB


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