Insects Are More Similar To Humans Than You Might Think

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Animals and humans may not be the only ones with giant egos. According to a recent paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, insects may have consciousness and self-awareness similar to people. One of the study's authors, Colin Klein, said, "When organisms began to move freely in their environment, they faced many new challenges. They had to decide where to go next. They had to prioritize their needs. They had to interpret sensory information that changes as a consequence of their motions." In other words, although we may think of insects as mini-robots, they must consider their actions and decide their next move in a manner that it far more similar to mini-humans. Klein explained, "In some sense, it's very hard to understand what other people experience, much less animals! But, we think that research can reveal much about the contents of insects' experience, as well as similarities and differences in the way that these experiences are structured." In other words, there's still a lot that science can learn about what exactly insects may be thinking.