02/04/2018 (Sun) 15:17:42
You're making a lot of assumptions about the inner workings of this creature's mind, as well about his behavior outside of what was reported.
And sub-ape animals can have a form of abstract thought, a very rudimentary and Fauvist form, a mere component of proper thoughts in higher animals. Five long years, Nigel was bound to figure out that something was not right, that this was not quite like a gannet, even if he did not have the ability to understand what.
In the situations you described, many of those people are utilizing systems of doublethink or cognitive dissonance. They are not victims, as Nigel was not a victim. They don't have to understand their situation properly to know that it is not like the real thing that they have substituted for. This has been my point all along.