Does a snail have a consciousness?

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  1. Nose-in-the-News profile image72
    Nose-in-the-Newsposted 5 years ago

    Does a snail have a consciousness?

  2. lorlie6 profile image81
    lorlie6posted 5 years ago

    Huh, never thought about that before, Nose-in-the-News!  Well, it depends on how you define consciousness.
    And that's not easy to do!!
    I suppose I'd say a snail does not have a consciousness...yet.  Evolution may provide one in the future, just as some scientists are attempting to insert consciousnesses into computers.
    The operative word here is 'yet'.
    Interesting question!

    1. Nose-in-the-News profile image72
      Nose-in-the-Newsposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Good answer, thanks! I don't think snails will ever develop a consciousness. I think this is because snails do not NEED to evolve one. Animals only develop certain features or behaviour if they need to do so in order to survive.

  3. tsmog profile image80
    tsmogposted 5 years ago

    Absolutely! I am a snail in many ways metaphorically. I assert and confirm I do have a consciousness. I may disagree with its definition leaning toward it is a variable with respect to entities of being one or more. I do have a brain, I can sense with either the known five and one unknown sixth sense, and I have a memory with memories, even though cognitively impaired at times.

    Great question Nose-in-the-News


    1. Nose-in-the-News profile image72
      Nose-in-the-Newsposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      It would be interesting to know what you mean by 'metaphorically'. How can you be a snail metaphorically? Hmm.

    2. tsmog profile image80
      tsmogposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hello Nose-in-the-News. I am thinking now of the movie Turbo about a snail and racing. I giggle a tad as that offers contrast for the metaphor or allegory I move kinda' slow on things sometimes . . . real slow. A keyword for consciousness is "Aware".


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