The historical wellspring of randomness in evolutionary theory is Darwin’s own insistence on “chance” at the causal foundations of life.
Well, a half human/half horse cannot literally exist — but the way horses and humans work together has been called a “miracle.”
What does the term “evolution” contribute to the discussion of the origin of human consciousness?
If you are a cat’s human friend, he cares when you talk to him. Whether he will, or even can, do what you want is a separate question.
A recent research article from Germany has made quite a splash in the popular media and raises some very interesting questions about animal minds.