Through Our Eyes Only?: The Search for Animal Consciousness Paperback – 19 Nov 1998
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these accounts....are never less than thought-provoking. (New Scientist)
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Marian Stamp Dawkins lectures in Animal Behavior at the Oxford University and is a Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford.
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She states in the Preface to this 1993 book, "This book is an attempt to give an account of what we now understand of the experiences of other species, without, I hope, losing the sense of mystery that any attempt to explain or even describe consciousness seems always to carry with it. It is aimed at anyone who has ever wondered about the phenomenon of conscious experience in themselves and the possibility of it in other species.... It is a book which I hope will be read by people who are not scientists and yet would like to know what scientists have been up to in their quest for this, one of the greatest remaining of all biological mysteries."
She writes, "we have, then, at least some evidence that animals can 'think.' The evidence is not as substantial as we might like but then the study of thought in animals is a relatively recent one. We can at least say, however, that it is no longer an impossibly vague hope that we might one day find better evidence than we have now. We can even see what that evidence might be."
She concludes on the note, "The study of animal consciousness is already much more accepted than it was even 20 years ago, and we now know a little of what goes on in the minds of animals with the promise of being able to learn a great deal more in the future. I hope that this book has shown that we can proceed on this journey into animal consciousness and still be scientific about it."
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