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Through Our Eyes Only?The Search for Animal Consciousness$
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Marian Stamp Dawkins

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198503200

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198503200.001.0001

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Balance of evidence

Balance of evidence

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(p.167) Chapter Six Balance of evidence
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Through Our Eyes Only?
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Marian Stamp Dawkins

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198503200.003.0006

This chapter interrogates whether the existence of conscious awareness is really as untestable as it is usually made out to be. In other words, it tries to question whether the distinction between private (supposedly untestable) consciousness and public (testable) behaviour that we have kept to so far, is as hard and fast as it seems. It then draws conclusions about what is the central concern of this book – the existence and significance of animal consciousness. For many scientists, there are two kinds of questions: those that can be hoped to find answers to and those that one can never hope to answer. Consciousness is almost alone of all the phenomena of our world in being placed in the second category.

Keywords:   conscious awareness, public behaviour, animal consciousness, private consciousness

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