Research has shown that animals can remember specific events, use tools, and solve problems. But are they making rational decisions or simply reacting to their environment through mindless reflex? Cameron Buckner, assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Houston, argues in an article in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research that a wide range of animal species exhibit so-called "executive control" when it comes to making decisions, consciously considering their goals and ways to satisfy those goals before acting.

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