Descartes was wrong!
Scientists attest to the subjective experiences of Octopii and others:
Octopuses Gain Consciousness (According to Scientists’ Declaration)
(link includes really nifty Octopus picture)
Scientists are powerful folks, issue a declaration and voila! Octopii are conscious!This privileged state of subjective awareness in fact goes well beyond Homo sapiens, according to the new Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness (pdf), which was signed last month by a group of cognitive neuroscientists, computational neuroscientists, neuroanatomists, neuropharmacologists, neurophysiologists who attended the Francis Crick Memorial Conference on Consciousness in Human and non-Human Animals at Cambridge University in the U.K.
“The weight of evidence indicates that humans are not unique in possessing the neurological substrates that generate consciousness,” the scientists wrote. “Non-human animals, including all mammals and birds, and many other creatures, including octopuses, also possess these neurological substrates.”
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