The Mahou Blog

October 20, 2009

Chimpanzee self awareness

Filed under: animals — mahou @ 7:08 pm

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6T0D-475JXJK-2&_user=10&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&_docanchor=&view=c&_searchStrId=1056575259&_rerunOrigin=google&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=4dccbefe698ad965f74af642d3797d54

The test of mirror self-recognition is a highly stable trait in many chimpanzees, but may be subject to decline with age.

Gordon Gallup believes that in later life chimpanzees prefer to lose their ability to conceive of themselves.

“The price you pay for being aware of your own existence is having to confront the inevitability of your own individual demise.

“Death awareness is the price we pay for self awareness.”

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