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Certainly there are many non-human animals that inhabit the almighty mother earth The human race has always been interested in the behavior of other animals found in this diverse world This report will definitely be a very insightful and interesting guide to those in search of understanding the capabilities of the animal mind This informative document will discuss the question of animal self-awareness the ability of animals to think and reason in various situations and most importantly give an in depth analysis about the conscious thinking of animals Furthermore references will be made to articles and books written by experts in the field of animal behavior so to provide valid information Before discussing animals themselves first there are certain definitions that the reader must become familiar with Most people have no doubt of their own conscious thinking but cannot convey to another person all that they experience Griffin 5 To be conscious is defined as aware of what one is intending to do or having a purpose or intention in ones actions Websters 55 The word think is defined as to have in mind a notion or idea Websters 268 Therefore it can be inferred that to be a conscious thinker would include having in mind an idea or notion and being aware of what one is intending to do with this idea Now that these terms have been discussed applying them to animals will be a great deal simplerWhen speaking of conscious thinking within animals there are two extreme sides of the argument One extremity is cognitive theories Lately more and more scientists are opening their eyes to the opinions of cognitive scientists who believe that animals do have emotion feeling reasoning and are fully conscious Our challenge is to venture across the species boundary and try to gather satisfactory information about what other species may think or feel Griffin 12 As a result of the intuition of the
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