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Stephen Downes

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Drawing on an emerging new picture of animal consciousness,  a group of researchers have signed this declaration recognizing animal consciousness. "Subjective experience requires more than the mere ability to detect stimuli. However, it does not require sophisticated capacities such as human-like language or reason. Phenomenal consciousness is raw feeling—immediate felt experience, be it sensory or emotional—and this is something that may well be shared between humans and many other animals." My similar sentiment is expressed here. It may be thought that an ethics of animal rights and welfare follows immediately, but given the way humans treat each other, we need not fear the recognition of animal consciousness forces any new behaviours on our part (though it probably should).

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