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Rather, Cheney and Seyfarth suggest that baboons and other primates with complex social societies organize individuals into rule-governed classes, or concepts. Some dog breeds have acquired traits through selective breeding that interfere with reproduction. While Cheney and Seyfarth claim that the baboon cognitive system is vehicled by a language of thought given its nature as representational, discrete-valued, hierarchically structured, rule-governed, open-ended, and independent of sensory modality, Camp argues that the inference is not warranted, since non-sentential representational systems can also have such features.
According to Allen and Hauser, having a concept permits different responses to identical stimuli.
While early scientific interest in animal behavior was approached differently by the psychologists, who focused on using laboratory experiments to uncover mechanisms, and ethologists, who used observational methods to uncover the evolution of behavior, today many scientists approach the study of animal cognition by using a combination of methods.
These sophisticated forms of social cognition and communication may account for their trainability, playfulness, and ability to fit into human households and social situations, and these attributes have given dogs a relationship with humans that has enabled them to become one of the most successful species on the planet today.
Dogs have advanced memory skills.
Rationality in other species has been explored in experimental and naturalistic studies. The argument from analogy for animal minds can be formulated as: All animals I already know to have a mind i.
The best scientific explanation for an individual engaging in behaviors y is that they have a mind.