[ExI] The Mind of a Bee

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Tue Dec 6 20:50:49 UTC 2022

What Constitutes a Mind? Lars Chittka Challenges Our Perception of
Sentience With the Smallest of Creatures
By Eliza Middleton       December 6, 2022


While it is impossible to prove consciousness in another organism, the
research Chittka has collated provides a compelling argument. In The
Mind of a Bee, you will read that bees feel emotions and pain, display
metacognition (that is, they know what they know), and show individual
differences in their ability to learn, with fast and slow learners.
Bees are aware of their bodies and the outcomes of their actions, and
they display intentionality through tool use—previously only
recognized in humans, primates, and the corvidae family of birds.

Fascinating read!


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