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Contemplation does not strictly belong to man?

  1. Nov 7, 2008 #1
    If we take "man" to mean homo sapien....

    Isn't it true that other past primate species, perhaps homo habilis, contemplated their existence? I seem to remember reading something about focilized remains being found with flowers laid in the grave, paintings, etc...

    So was homo sapien the only species to ever contemplate their exitence?
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  3. Nov 7, 2008 #2


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    Looking beyond homos, elephants realize that they are looking at themselves if there is a mirror nearby, and they grieve and have elaborate mourning rituals if one of their clan dies.
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