Awareness is one of the key things that distinguishes a person from a non-person. I believe you become a person when you are aware of consequences, yourself and of others.Without this understanding of a higher level is impossible. No matter the amount of rationalisation, you'll never be able to attribute this to anything in the world."
okay, well if we approach personhood from your angle, i still believe we can attribute person hood to come animals.
i want you to look at this experiment and tell me that these monkeys are not showing they are aware of what there actions do to others and the consequences that come with it.
okay, imagine an experiment were you have two monkeys in separate cadges. there are two chains. chain A will give the monkey a load of food, and chain B will only give him a small amount. they let the monkey experiment with this a few times so it established that chain A gives more food and so would pull that when given the choice. however the experimenters then started shocking the other monkey when ever the A chain was pulled.
after seeing the other monkey in pain when it pulls the A chain stopped out right. as this experiment was carried out on several monkeys to make sure it wasn't a fluke, the results all conform. every monkey stopped pulling the A chain, 2/3 of the monkeys would only pull the B chain that dosnt administer any sock, were as the final 1/3 just stopped pulling any chain, and actively staved them selfs to avoid hurting their companions, one even when with out food for 12 days before reliving its self.
now this to me shows that they understand what is happening when they pull the chain, yes they get food if they pull the chain, but they will hurt their counterparts at the same time, by choosing not to pull the chain they are demonstrating they are "aware of consequences, yourself and of others."
any counter arguments?
and are you aware of any other experiments like this? if so i would like to hear of them :)