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Animal Consciousness

Friend or Food? The Ideology of How We Decide

Stephan Spencer | Posted 11.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Stephan Spencer

Dr. Melanie Joy wants to engage in meaningful dialogue about the entrenched ideology that allows people to shut their minds to the reality of what it means to be a meat eater and to ignore the cruelty inherent in animal agriculture.

Non-Human Consciousness Exists, Say Experts. Now What?

XPRIZE | Posted 09.30.2012 | Technology

Have you ever considered the consciousness, or unconsciousness, of your dog? Well, a group of neuroscientists have been thinking on the subject pretty seriously, and it was announced last week that "humans are not the only conscious beings in the universe."

Convincing the Unconvinced That Animal Welfare Matters

Marian Stamp Dawkins | Posted 08.08.2012 | Science
Marian Stamp Dawkins

In a world increasingly concerned with human issues, the welfare of non-human animals needs all the arguments it can get, but it also needs those arguments to be scrupulously clear and correct, or they will be dismissed as not counting at all. And the losers will be the animals themselves.

Dawkins' Dangerous Idea: We Really Don't Know If Animals Are Conscious

Marc Bekoff | Posted 07.15.2012 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

While the mystery of consciousness, nonhuman and human remains, we have made great advances in reducing the explanatory gap.

Chimpanzees in the Crossfire: Are They Really More Clever Than Us?

Marc Bekoff | Posted 10.22.2011 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

There's much continued debate about how clever we are and how clever other animals are. This was among the wide variety of topics discussed at a recen...

The Inner Life: Nature And Transcendence

Ross Robertson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ross Robertson

I spent a good portion of my first twenty years chasing after that mysterious pulse of the endless so easily found in wilderness and wild places.

Perspectives on Integral Ecology--2

Ross Robertson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ross Robertson

Animals (and presumably plants, too) have "worlds" of their own. Non-human life forms are not machines reacting to stimuli, but have their own ways of registering the phenomena that show up within their worlds.