Descartes cogito is 'I think therefore I am'. Can an ant do the same?
Breaking this down, one has 'I think' and I am aware that 'I am thinking' and therefore 'I am'.
One requires here it seems some self-awareness and deductive capability.
One generally supposes that an ant, unlike humans is not self-aware, so he cannot carry out the conclusion; but we would naturally suspect that he isn't capable of carrying out the deductive step either.
An ant, presumably has the awareness of his own existence ie 'I am'.
Going back to Descarte - these two steps seem already too long for a statement celebrated for its concision; can it be shortened; or am I wrong to analyse this statement into these two components?