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From the series "Congorilla"
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A smile is a window on your face, as preaches a saying. Soul minus the mind? In psychoanalysis, the premise of a thought was said (by Jacques Lacan) to come at the mirror stage, when babies are able to recognize themselves in a mirror. Indeed, the ego, at this moment, emerges and is growing. Why? By going outside yourself you see your inner self. Kind of rebound. Not clear? You saw your face on the silver coated glass and you question yourself about this presence, and that's you, the same as the one inside and hidden, so intimate, yet here outside, so intimidating. To change the sentence of Descartes: I am, therefore I think. From this stage of development, the 'ex-istence' (that's to say the web created between 'ex-terior' and ego) takes place, thus the structured thoughts arise. And Homo Sapiens is born. Born from the distinction from the apes. From this gorilla. It's said that none animal recognizes itself. At the best, in a mirror, one pony sees only another pony. At the best, elderly beasts are younger than 15 months old babies, for who the thoughts are just emotional expressions. I'm hunger. Not yet I'm hungry. It's said that this gorilla is just jungle smart, not thoughtful. I don't know. Anthropomorphism aside, this female ape seems gifted with the bliss of a clever smile. So here the question: as much as breathing doesn't mean only gasping oxygen (the microorganism archaea is puffing a sulfur mixture for example), is a thought only the produce of cognitive chains? In other words, is there another way to think (the verb is here precise), beyond the human way?

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