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Are humans the only animals

RuvDraba
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5/7/2016 10:00:26 PM
Posted: 7 months ago
At 5/7/2016 9:41:46 PM, janesix wrote:
Who can think about and plan for the future?
There's an endemic problem in cognitive questions like these, Jane, in that we need to differentiate objectively terms how we'd distinguish planning from not-planning.

For example, many social hunting animals exhibit highly coordinated, goal-oriented behaviours that:
1) Are centrally led;
2) Target specific prey;
3) Adapt strategy to environment and circumstance;
4) Communicate real-time information;
5) Coordinate to trigger and exploit prey behaviour;
6) Anticipate exceptions to the strategy (e.g. target prey going in unexpected directions); and
7) Adapt to manage the exceptions.

Part of my professional background is in project strategy and management, and I can attest that this is very complex, coordinated, proactive and adaptive behaviour that I sometimes wish my own project teams could reproduce. If we're not going to call it planning, then I'd like to know what's missing, because I myself can't see it. :)

With that said, it might not be very abstract, or linguistically complex. But if we need a minimum level of abstraction to call it planning, then how much abstraction, measured how?
dee-em
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5/9/2016 1:24:33 AM
Posted: 7 months ago
At 5/7/2016 9:41:46 PM, janesix wrote:
Who can think about and plan for the future?

If you mean beyond their own lifespan, then the answer would seem to be yes, at least here on Earth.