Monthly Archives: August 2012

Are animals as conscious as humans?

Strip Generator is a flexible tool for those of us who want to make cartoons but have no drawing skills ..

This cartoon refers to a report that scientists support ‘the idea that animals are conscious and aware to the degree that humans are’, is important. I’m not entirely sure why. Some people would say that this kind of acknowledgement should make a difference to the way we treat animals … but then we don’t treat other humans all that well. Also consciousness is now that well defined in humans and some scientists assert that it is an illusion .. though what ‘illusion’ can mean in this context must be puzzling and contradictory.


Too: “Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder…”– Thoreau

Or as someone said of the thought “I want happiness” – ‘drop the I, get rid of the want and there it is.’ Since happiness is the letting go of selfish desire, wanting it for yourself is contradictory.

Four Miles

Completing the four miles felt like a significant achievement even though I am still less than half way to my target distance. Although my pace is quite slow I can run the distance without stopping.

Level 3

The picture is from my entry for today on the Daily Mile website. Another milestone on my journey. Being able to run for three miles without stopping feels like an achievement already.