Saturday, October 08, 2005

Animal minds

My hobbit-hole chipmunk has decided that it is easier to harvest pine cone seeds by dragging cones to the door than by carrying seeds home one by one. A glimpse into an animal mind.

I have a friend who is the son of a well-known primate researcher. He grew up with a bonobo, "like a brother." Don't tell S. that animals don't have minds.

His mother once said that "there is a huge capacity on the part of apes and probably all kinds of other animals that's being ignored. By ignoring it, humans are separating ourselves from the natural world we've evolved from."