Now personally, as an animal lover I would love to side with the animals and say that they can reason. But there are just too many YouTube videos of animals doing stupid things repeatedly for me to say so. Meaning i fall into the category of people who think animals can’t reason.
I’m expecting this subject matter will probably split a lot of people because of varying opinions on the matter.
Obviously you’re going to have people who say ‘my doge managed to escape from my garden so animals must be able to reason’. And then you have people like me who would argue if he left a garden of relative safety why would he escape into uncertain territory? Because they can’t reason would be my opinion
So to settle this argument I set about a little experiment.
Due to my distinct lack of animals I had to ask my girlfriend for assistance in this experiment. I wanted to test if her doge would eat the handful of food that would sustain him and mean he can live for longer, or if he would take the little bit of chicken that smelt and tasted better (don’t ask how I know that).
To protect his identity we will call him Declan. Declan when approached with a handful of his normal food and a hand with a small piece of chicken in sniffed his normal food. Having smelt that it was his standard food he then ate the chicken and walked away.
The conclusion for this experiment is that Declan can’t reason because otherwise he would have taken the most food not the tastiest food.
I couldn’t conduct any more experiments unfortunately as I ran out of animals and my family realised what I was doing when I tried doing it to them. So for this question I’m going to argue that animals can’t reason, though that doesn’t mean that they don’t feel or have really cute faces.