Animal thinking

  • Menzel R
  • Fischer J
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Abstract

The topic of this Strüngmann Forum—animal thinking—was not formulated as a question—“Do animals think?—but rather as a statement. One might ques- tion whether we have already gone too far by making such a statement, but this obviously depends on what we mean by “thinking.” If one believes that think- ing refers only to mental processes accessible through human conscious recol- lection, then thinking must be strictly reserved for our species alone. The issue of whether animals experience conscious recollections in some similar way dominated the debate at an earlier meeting of the Dahlem Konferenzen, the forerunner to the Ernst Strüngmann Forum. At that meeting, Donald Grif? n, who edited the resulting volume, “Animal Mind – Human Mind” (Grif? n 1982), was concerned that ignoring or eliminating the possibility of animals experiencing some sort of consciousness might be perceived as being narrow- minded and unscienti? c

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  • Randolf Menzel

  • Julia Fischer

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