Scientists Recognize Existence of Consciousness in Animals

All mammals, birds and even octopus are included in a document signed by scientists like Stephen Hawking.

A group of scientists including neurophysiologists, neuroanatomists and computer neuroscientists, including renowned Stephen Hawking and Christof Koch, have signed a statement confirming the existence of animal awareness to the same extent as it exists in Humans.

The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness is the first official confession on this subject in the world of science and includes a list of “intelligent” animals that sum to all mammals, birds and octopi based on scientific evidence.

This document is not only related to respect for animals but also confirms the existence of animals in an evolutionary scale very different from ours as birds.

In a statement, the scientists noted that “the absence of a neocortex does not seem to exclude an organism from experiencing affective states. Convergent evidence indicates that non-human animals have the neuroanatomic, neurochemical, and neurophysiological elements of substrates in conscious states along with the ability to exhibit intentional behaviors. ”

The statements make clear that the human race would no longer be the only one with the ability to create intelligent thoughts and raise a new edge about the treatment that is given to these living beings.