Do animals think? Why or why not?

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besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Scientists have debated for many years on whether animals have the ability to think, more specifically-think like humans do. They react to certain situations but the question is whether or not these reactions are basic instinct or fear of being in danger and automatically going into survival mode. Here are some things that researchers have found in relation to animals and the thinking process. A chimpanzee was taught how to put arabic numbers in ascending order. In addition, sheep have been researched and it was found that they can remember specific features about other sheep and people as well and recognize them later. Many other animals have learned to do things and even manipulate other animals for the benefit of themselves.

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echiomega | Student

Yes, animal do think and have cognitive ability. For example there was a documentary on "A Murder of Crows : The Nature of Things with David Suzuki" which show that crows has the ability to learn from their parent and use tools like the chimps.

*If you want to watch this documentary, try searching youtube.

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