We laugh and cry for a multitude of reasons, whether it takes a minimal amount of emotion or a lot of thought. The range is vast for humor. It goes at one end of the spectrum from the most benign action of making a silly face — to the other extreme where jokes include linguistic puns and/or brain-teasers, which might involve satire or what some call the ‘thinking man’s humor.’
Self-awareness in animals is different according to species and mirrors. Orangutans, Chimpanzees, Dolphins, Elephants and Magpies are considered self-aware because they pass the ‘mirror test.’ They have what is considered a sense of “me-ness.” Since dogs don’t seem to recognize themselves, the scientific community up till have felt they lack self-awareness. But is that the case, or might they recognize themselves if another sense was used to determine this psychological make-up?