experts say it exists:
have you ever considered the consciousness, or unconsciousness, of your dog? well, a group of neuroscientists have been thinking on the subject pretty seriously, and it was announced last week that “humans are not the only conscious beings in the universe“.
earlier this month, some of the leading scientists from around the world congregated at the hotel du vin in cambridge to discuss the evidence that has amassed over the years. the experts reached a unanimous decision that animals – specifically mammals and birds – are in fact conscious beings. through advancements in brain imaging techniques such as fmri and eeg machines, the scientists concluded that animals show a sufficient degree of characteristics that indicate they are not as non-human as some had believed. the official decision was reached late into the night after the francis crick memorial conference on july 7th.
i always thought that consciousness in species is a matter of degree, or complexity, not kind. insisting that only humans are conscious is denying the gradient of evolution, or believing in something akin to the soul.