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Sun Jul 09 2000 at 7:33:31
So, you might ask, "What the hell does your name mean, Metacognizant?"
And here's your answer:
An ant, a tree, newborn child- none of these are
. They don't have an
, don't recognize themselves as personalities distinct from any other. In other words, they aren't
. A dolphin is cognizant. An ape is cognizant. Give it a
and it'll be amazed to see it
, not enraged/turned on to see a stranger. (How do they prove this? Recent experiments with dolphins had researchers mark a dolphin with ink, they give it a mirror. The dolphin twists and turns to examine the marked spot, showing it associates itself with the image it sees.)
I have no way of knowing, however, whether the above mentioned ape or dolphin knows how special it is in
the gorilla knuckle-walk around the
San Diego Zoo
with her head up her ass, thrilled to be one of the few species in the place with a
sense of self
? (Incidentally, she died recently.) If she had, she would have been metacognizant, "beyond
"- aware of her own
state of being
. All it takes is a summary comparision with a hydra to make a person
his or her own
, and once one has, and is aware of it, one is metacognizant. Of course, each additional "
" conveys less and less meaning. There is a far greater
slug and the cognizant
than there is between the cognizant young child and the metacognizant (hopefully) adult. And if, upon reading this write-up, you acheive meta-metacognizance: congratulations! you have made almost no
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