From UK Independent:
Insects have a form of consciousness, according to a new paper that might show us how our own began.
Brain scans of insects appear to indicate that they have the capacity to be conscious and show egocentric behaviour, apparently indicating that they have such a thing as subjective experience.
Clearly, the specific make-up of the insect brain means that their experience of consciousness is going to be different from that of a human.
“Their experience of the world is not as rich or as detailed as our experience – our big neocortex adds something to life!” the scientists wrote recently. “But it still feels like something to be a bee.” More.
Modern evolutionary theory has reached a state where insects have minds but people don’t.
Nobel Prize in offing?
The paper probably won’t show us anything about how our own thoughts began. In fact, to the extent that there is no tree of intelligence, focusing intently on insects will provide us with valuable information about insects with uncertain relevance to human beings.
See also: Intelligence in a single cell
Study: Ravens, crows as smart as chimps: We do not know the source of intelligence as yet, but common descent is not turning out to be much of a help.
Does intelligence depend on a specific type of brain? Hint: No. So then what is intelligence?
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