HairBolus: These abilities often fall under "Theory of Mind" notions. For example certain animals that hide food won't hide it when they know others are watching, because they have some notion of the minds or intentions of other animals.There seems to be a major step up from knowing others have minds to knowing that you yourself have one. Knowing that your image in a mirror is actually you is the common test for this ability - one passed by chimps, elephants, dolphins but not dogs and cats.
MaudlinMutantMollusk: And cats just don't give a f*ck if a human is watching or not
severedtoe: My dog knows that she's not supposed to into the garbage, but if we're not watching she'll do it every chace she gets. What's funny is that she will act guilty before we even find out she broke the rules.My dog has a conscience, just no self control.
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