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  1. It is known that those monkeys who were able to learn to speak considered themselves human and did not identify with other non-speaking monkeys. So it is unlikely that we would hear something from talking animals that we have not previously heard from other people. And if we assume that Descartes is right and the principles of thinking are universal, then we can forget about alien alienness.

  2. And what would a chair say to you if it could talk? Obviously, in order to speak, you need not only a speech apparatus, but also sufficient intelligence. Most animals don't have one. Although some mammals may be able to express basic needs and feelings. For example, they will be able to say “cold”, “hungry”, “nice”, but you will not hear anything more reasonable. The exception is the great apes. Scientists taught them sign language, and the monkeys spoke to them in sentences that are spoken by 3-4-year-olds. You may have heard of Koko the gorilla and Washu the chimpanzee, who had even higher intelligence than a 7-year-old child. Read more about this on Wikipedia.

  3. My friend's cat sometimes talks. And judging by his phrases, he doesn't just mimic him like a parrot, but says meaningful phrases!

    But cats are quite independent, and proud. It is unlikely that a cat will engage in a dialogue about the meaning of life with its owner. And not because he lacks intelligence, but simply will consider his master not smart enough for this conversation, and he will be right.

    We often neglect our pets ' ability to engage in meaningful dialogue. And cats also consider themselves smarter than us.

    And this problem does not allow even people to conduct a full-fledged dialogue. Everyone considers themselves better, and smarter! This also applies to different nationalities and States.

    By the way, in order not to be unfounded, you can watch and listen to one of the conversations with the cat Vaska.

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