Comic 98 - Chapter 5 Prologue 3
14th Nov 2011, 1:32 PM in Chapter 5 Prologue
Chapter 5 Prologue 3
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Author Notes:
Abt_Nihil edit delete
Abt_Nihil
As always (or pretty often at least), I wrote a short text forming the foundation for what you can read here. After scanning in the actual artwork, I took the most important points and added some improvisational text. There's no way I could fit an essay into a page like this, and there's no point in trying. Essays are essays, comics are comics. So, these pages are evocative rather than conclusive (I think).

Thanks for reading and commenting!
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plymayer edit delete reply
plymayer
This does pose quite a few questions. Can animals have thoughts? Sure they react to things to happen to them. And they remember things and people. But do they think? Would a dog think "That man is bad" or simply "he hurt me"....
Alucai Vivorvel edit delete reply
Alucai Vivorvel
That is a very good point.
And unless/until we find a way to read minds and/or translate the sounds animals make, we will probably never know.
Abt_Nihil edit delete reply
Abt_Nihil
I think the "reading minds" part is a misconception. We understand other human beings without being able to read their minds (unless you'd like to call reading expressions and behavior "reading minds"). And understanding animals would be similar to understanding humans. It's just that humans aren't usually part of an animal's social group. But you could envision a human being growing up with animals and learning their language (some practical obstacles aside). Diane Fossey and other researchers like her would do the same to understand animals - they live with them and try to become part of their social group.
Abt_Nihil edit delete reply
Abt_Nihil
That's a very controversial question in philosophy. I don't think that being able to react or to remember something already implies being able to think. But whether animals do think depends less on knowing what's going on in their mind, and more on how you'd like to define thinking. Thinking is often explicated in terms of something akin to an internal linguistic representation. Communication between animals can be explained via conditioning, so you wouldn't even have to call it "linguistic". But again - all highly controversial.
man in black edit delete reply
man in black
great page
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Abt_Nihil
Thanks!