I'm sure we all heard storys about how inteligent and intuitive dolphins, parrots and chimpanzees can be, to name just a few of the animals normaly considered "sentient" by some people. But are they realy able to learn, deduce, and understand on that level, or is it just a matter of training and repetition, to condition them to perform tricks and mimic pre-determined human behavior convincingly? Personaly, I like to lean more in the direction that its all just conditioning, and not real sentience. But then again, I did read about some monkeys actualy using simple tools to help them do certain tasks, and that is a strong argument in the other direction, and evidence of logical thinking. Or culd it just be evolved instinct, after all? I'm honestly not sure. Thoghts?