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Philosophy of Sciences

2015 year, number 4

Awareness of self awareness as a В«sero level» of intelligence

D.V. Vinnik
Institute of philosophy and law SB RAS, Novosibirsk
Keywords: сознание, самосознание, осознание самосознания, рефлексия, зеркальный тест, эволюционная эпистемология, мышление, приматы, эволюция, теория игр, awareness, self awareness, awareness of self awareness, reflection, introspection, mirror test, evolution epistemology, thinking, intelligence, primatology, game theory


Awareness of self-awareness is a fundamental cognitive property of human beings. This means that awareness of self-awareness could be naturalized as specific functional mental state of human brain. Nature of reflection as real mental state is social one. Evolution of reflective forms of mind could be explained through evolution epistemological standpoint as a result of social reflective games. Organisms have an ability to grasp opponent’s reflective range and to detect epistemic lie by their behavior and external physiological data. Probably this is possible due the evolution of empathy phenomena caused by mirror neurons.