A Kitten and a Mirror

Pretty hilarious.

Here are 9 more videos of animals trying to figure out the animal they see in the mirror.

Your Thoughts?

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In the comments, Hazzard writes:

The kitten is detecting agency in the mirror. It is experiencing the sensus felinitatus. Its intuition that the mirror contains a kitten is properly basic. Therefore, we can have a warranted belief that mirrors are inhabited by kittens. Yours truly, Alvin Plantinga.

The logic is irrefutable.

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  • John Morales

    It’s now spring here in Oz, and over the years I have learnt to cover the mirrors on my bike while it’s parked at work, lest the local sparrows spend their time pecking at the perceived intruders therein and thus cover the bike with their droppings.

    (Such little sprogs, so much shit!)

  • rq

    Reminds me of Tigger in the original Winnie-the-Pooh movie. (So, if Tigger can’t recognize himself in a mirror, is he conscious?)

    But I think cats tend to figure out that the beast in the mirror is, at a minimum, harmless – older cats don’t react the same way. They seem to ignore the reflection altogether as something unworthy of their attention.
    Small babies don’t seem to recognize themselves, either – up to about 4 or 5 months or so, they smile at their reflections in the same way they smile at other people, and seem to be extremely entertained by the fact that the reflection is smiling back at them. Hours of entertainment ensue.

    None of this comment is based on scientific fact but on personal observation, so I could be wrong.

  • Hazzard

    The kitten is detecting agency in the mirror. It is experiencing the sensus felinitatus. Its intuition that the mirror contains a kitten is properly basic. Therefore, we can have a warranted belief that mirrors are inhabited by kittens. Yours truly, Alvin Plantinga.

  • http://windaelicker.worpress.com mikmik

    Kitten to self: That is a worthy foe.

  • MaryL

    Those tigers seemed really upset. My cat beats them. He postured a little on the bureau once, then seemed to decide there was nothing to be bothered about and has never again responded to “that other cat”.


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