It can be, but it can also not be. Let's contemplate for a moment the mirror test. An animal sees himself in the mirror, that information enters that organism through its senses. And yet, there is not enough intelligence to make enough sense of it at a good enough level as to arise at the idea of selfhood. Contemplate how low the level of inteligence is in such a case. Such an organism is basically driven almost entirely by instincts. All it's reactions are controlled by instincts. There is unpleasant feeling of hunger arising, this conditions his next action, etc.DNS wrote: ↑Sun Mar 18, 2018 5:38 pmI think scientists sometimes put the bar too high for what it means to have self-awareness. The mirror test and others are good, but how about just the mere pursuit of self-survival? I know some of that is instinctual, but we humans have that too. If an animal is being attacked, he/she definitely seeks survival, an escape route and seeks to continue living. This can be out of self-awareness that they exist and want to continue to exist and that they are aware that they want to continue to exist (maybe, not 100% sure though).
Only 5-10 animals pass the mirror test. Dogs and cats do not. How is life for such an animal ? There is just suffering arising, suffering ceasing according to conditions. There is no feeling of "me suffering" arising and no idea of "it is me that suffers". Such phenomenons do not arrise in such an organism. But when there is enough intelligence, such phenomenons do arise and they then go and lead to wrong view.
PS: I have the smartest pet on this forum, a jackdaw. (top 5 smartest animals) He is much, much smarter than a pigeon, but interestingly the pigeon can also recognize itself in the mirror, being one of the very few animals that can do that. This is somehow strange giving how robotic pigeons are. There are few animals more OCD-istic than a pigeon.