Observation on the Animal Mind
I've been searching for the mind, trying to understand "the self". I recently had two observations about the animal mind that, perhaps, illustrate the difference between the cognitive mind and the experiential mind, both of which we share with other animals..
was walking with my dog, Lucky, and Susan; an acquaintance. Susan was
walking Beau. Up on the hill we can see Hutch, a young lab, a very submissive
young dog. Hutch rolls over on his back when anyone approaches him,
no matter who. And Beau, a crotchety, rheumatic curmudgeon, had been
picking on Hutch of late. So now Lucky has taken to walking between
Beau and Hutch, and shouldering, nudging Beau away Hutch.
The second observation needs
a little bit of background. Lucky hated loud noises. (Once he jumped
up at Jeff's hammer wielding hand to try to stop the noise. And when
Nando would do ceremony in our front room, singing loudly and drumming,
Lucky would creep from the room and watch, forlorn, from the doorway.)
There is a cognitive consciousness, which is in some part verbal, and rational, yes: and an experiential consciousness, which sometimes may involve non-verbal concepts, may involve decisions, and this we share with other animals.