“The Limits of Animal Intelligence”

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IT is with much pleasure that I have read Prof. Lloyd Morgan's letter, wherein he tells us that “the power of cognizing relations, reflection, and introspection” appears to him to mark a “new departure” in the ascending scale of psychical activities. His term, “feeling of awareness of certain relationships,” is new to me, however, and seems to demand a further distinction. I am generally aware, in a vague way, of what I may be doing—that is to say I have a certain consciousness of it. But every now and then I find that I have done, without consciousness, things which I could not have done without the exercise of my sensitive faculty, or without the guidance of bodily movement, by that faculty.

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MIVART, S. “The Limits of Animal Intelligence”. Nature 46, 466 (1892) doi:10.1038/046466a0

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