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Posts tagged ‘consciousness’

The State of Planet Earth Today

In his overview of the state of Planet Earth today, Carl Safina begins by asking the seemingly unrelated question: “Does my dog really love me? Or does she just want a treat?”

How We Moved from Denial to Anger

The recognition is finally dawning that Planet Earth is in deep trouble. In terms of the five stages of coping with one’s impending demise, we seem to be moving, as a society, from Stage One: Denial, to Stage Two: Anger.

An Emerging Consciousness – Part Two

Does the empathy that certain people have with nonhuman life constitute the seed of a new kind or level of consciousness?

Could it be possible for a body of people, who are of like mind and heart in relation to our fellow animals, to give rise to a new kind of collective consciousness?

At a time of mass extinction, it’s a notion that, however fanciful, may be the only future available to us.

Call No Elephant Happy Until She Is Free

It’s a terrible irony that Happy, the elephant who demonstrated to scientific researchers how animals of her species are capable of a high level of self-awareness, now languishes all alone in a cage about twice the size of her body. No animal with the kind of cognitive abilities that Happy has demonstrated belongs in a zoo – and, worse, in a cage.

Scientists Declare: Nonhuman Animals Are Conscious

Science leaders have reached a critical consensus: Humans are not the only conscious beings; other animals, specifically mammals and birds, are indeed conscious, too. The official decision was reached in late night discussions two weeks ago during the prestigious annual Francis Crick Memorial Conference.