Saturday, July 25, 2015

Consciousness Related to Goals

It is necessary at some point to determine whether animals or even humans have a goal in mind or not. If a human has a goal in mind, the outcome of his actions will be dependent on how clearly that goal is defined as well as how well the possibility of attaining it is perceived. Sparrows have very small brains, but in order for a sparrow to get from one tree to the next tree (if it sees the next tree) it must have some "idea" of where it is going. But it would make no evolutionary sense for a sparrow to retain an expansive memory of every place it had been all the previous day. That would be unnecessary information. But in the event that a sparrow flies from a branch and flies 300 yards away, I doubt it would have the mental ability to perceive the final outcome of its flight.

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