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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #16)

Fri Dec 20, 2013, 05:28 PM

43. Dogs put quite a bit of effort into exactly that.

They contemplate what other animals think.

It's a useful talent for getting along with other animals in their pack (including humans), for avoiding enemies, and for hunting.

A good shepherd dog expends a lot of mental energy figuring out the minds of sheep, a good pig hunting dog expends a lot of mental energy figuring out the minds of pigs. The inclination is there by "instinct" but the skills are developed by experience, which includes quite a bit of contemplation of how other animals think.

As social hunters we ourselves are very similar to dogs in that respect. Contemplating the minds of other animals is a part of our own mental toolkit.

Humans are remarkable for our writing and sophisticated storytelling. These language processing talents are the foundation of our modern civilization.

I suspect if we could add this "language module" to the minds of any social species we'd have to call them intelligent.

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