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Delayed gratification, empathy and language

Some animals are capable of visualising a reward that exists in the future. For example, the scrub jays can hide food in a cache to retrieve at a later date. They can even rehide if they become aware that a potential thief has been watching them. 

This means they can see the world from a different perspective. This ability to see yourself in the position of others is vital to outsmart a competitor or empathise with a hungry friend.

Language takes the ability to read minds to a new level. Words enable us to think about ourselves and our place in the world and even about consciousness.


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Consciousness is what you're experiencing

Consciousness is what you're experiencing

Philosophers and scientists struggle to pinpoint what exactly consciousness is. 

At its core, consciousness is what allows us to be aware of our surroundings and our inner state.


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Consciousness, vision and memory

The original function of consciousness was probably to direct a mobile self to a fresh supply of food. 

Consciousness is dependent on vision. Vision adds context and depth to our world.  It adds a new dimension to awareness. 

The next step is to visualise food in its ...


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Even in the Oceans there isn't a fair and ethical relation with the marine environment.

Worldwide there's NO SUSTAINABLE approach to the animal world, in fact, as we can see the data suggest that even the fishing industry doesn't care about how...

Language and acquiring information

Take language away, and the amount of information you can acquire decreases.

Many deaf children born into hearing families live in a world unable to communicate properly. They are never exposed to abstract ideas such as "justice" or "global warming." Unless the parents learn sign langu...

15. Teacher

15. Teacher

  • How do you create knowledge inside someone else’s mind? 
  • Most of us take for granted how amazing teaching actually is, and our own ability to learn from it. 
  • To be effective, teachers need to have a model of how their pupil's minds see the wo...

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