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Ben Bogart

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Wow... Can you startle an ant? I always thought a startle response was an interesting thing to examine in terms of a proxy for consciousness assuming having attention entails having consciousness. As for self-consciousness, well that seems to be a higher order function than awareness itself.

If you experience yourself as an organism in pain, does that really mean that pain is more significant or more felt than experiencing the pain independently of self?
 
Are ants capable of self recognition?

Some snippets of commentary by Peter Watts:

"All the face-painted ants groomed their faces once they saw themselves in a mirror; none of the unpainted ones did. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such clean data in a behavioural study before."

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"The Cammaerts are not flakes. They’re well-published in respected, peer-reviewed journals. I don’t know what they’re doing in the Journal of Science, unless they lost a drunken bet at a party somewhere. Or maybe their results are just so incredible that no one else would publish them.

I’m thinking maybe it’s that second thing. If you go to Wikipedia’s page on “Mirror Test”, pull back the curtain and read the backstage discussion, you’ll see editors and commenters stating that they “flat out don’t believe those results”, even while others praise the methodology that produced them. The idea that ants can self-recognize just opens too big a can of worms."

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"It’s important not to go off the deep end here. There’s a huge difference between consciousness and self-awareness, between sentience and sapience (and a belated thankyou to Leonid Korogodski for hammering that difference home to me many years ago); an organism can have conscious experiences without consciously reflecting on their own existence. And the Mirror Test has always struck me as a questionable metric for self-awareness anyway (for one thing, it’s easy to envision an algorithm that recognizes the self without being aware of the self). But the traditional view of insects as mere computer programs wrapped in chitin, utterly deterministic in their behaviour, appears to be wrong. Stimulus A does not always provoke Response B, as you’d expect from purely deterministic reflexes; sometimes the insect is focused on other input, sometimes it can be distracted. We are learning that insects pay attention to things. It seems increasingly likely that their experiences are conscious ones, to at least some extent. Consciousness may be far more ancient, far more widespread than we ever suspected.

Which means that suffering is, too, by the same token.

I’m not sure why, but I bet that explains a lot."

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Mr. Vegan Pisces

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<p>The DRC contains two-thirds of the Congo rainforest, and the many years of governmental neglect and conflict has led to the near extinction of one of the forests largest inhabitants: the Eastern Lowland Gorilla. </p>
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Mr. Vegan Pisces

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Mr. Vegan Pisces

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Subaru’s global customers are asking Subaru to join the expanding effort within the global community to end the capture and slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan. Subaru: Prove that Subaru Loves the Earth: Take a stand and speak out. About the Taiji Dolphin Drive Hunt For 6 months of every...
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Tabitha Stowe

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World Animal Foundation

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Eating vegetables provides health benefits – people who eat more vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Vegetables provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body. Nutrients.
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Underneath The Bottle

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Hello Healthy Wellness peeps!
Have you ever asked yourself:
"What is VEGAN WINE?!"
"Isn't it just fermented grapes?"

Guess again :)
Maybe you have read on back of the bottle "contains egg whites"??

If you are awake and have nothing else to do, why not checkin it out my video?

Vegan wines will be more and more available as the demand keeps rising.

Let me know your thoughts on it here in the comment section :D

Peace!
- Michael
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Tabitha Stowe

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Bite Size Vegan

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EGGS: The Extreme Reality
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Tori Perez

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Meat Free Athlete

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Best #vegan  and non-toxic safe sunscreens for all needs - sensitive, kids, sports, multi-tasking. Did you know most sunscreens from popular brands have harsh chemicals and animal ingredients? here's our guide to natural and safe sunscreens http://www.addresschic.com/best-natural-vegan-sunscreens-guide/
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Mr. Vegan Pisces

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Craigslist. Something we all turn to for free stuff, and easy way to sell stuff. What about our animals? We strive to give them a forever home, or to find the little fur baby of our dreams. What happens if our little Angel is adopted to a psycho? We do an interview, we get our money... our little...
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The Fox Eyed Man

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A crucial aspect of the #vegan movement is in fact to understand its role as a political power. We may not at first realise how veganism fits in with politics, however the more experience we gain as vegans, the more we can see how its core values may be applied to change the face of political landscapes across the globe.
As the vegan movement grows in size and popularity, the representation of political veganism on the global stage becomes increasingly important.
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Kiara Ghee

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https://youtu.be/WYyW0g5P5mI

My vegan, gluten free, soy free grocery haul for dorms! Enjoy!!
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