The Mirror Test Peers Into the Workings of Animal Minds
The Mirror Test Peers Into the Workings of Animal Minds
Nearly 50 years after its development, only a handful of creatures have passed the self-awareness exam. A new attempt with fish highlights a debate over the test’s use and meaning.
The Mirror Test Peers Into the Workings of Animal Minds
The Mirror Test Peers Into the Workings of Animal Minds

Nearly 50 years after its development, only a handful of creatures have passed the self-awareness exam. A new attempt with fish highlights a debate over the test’s use and meaning.

Nearly 50 years after its development, only a handful of creatures have passed the self-awareness exam. A new attempt with fish highlights a debate over the test’s use and meaning.

disease & medicine, history, infectious disease, animal behavior, human evolution
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Honeybees Enter Virtual Reality So Scientists Can Study Their Brains
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