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July 20, 2010

A Dog's Consciousness

Here's a way to imagine what it would be like to be a dog.

Take a few moments to imagine yourself exactly as you are now, with the exception of not being able to focus your attention on anything that exists only in your head. You don't even have to imagine not having thoughts. You just can't focus on them.

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Do pray tell. What authoritative research is the basis for your condesending remarks regarding specis canine? Our dogs are biddable, able to focus and work for their handler.

Posted by: Ruff-Wave(reg.) at Aug 2, 2010 1:34:41 PM

Zero research. Just a speculation.

But I don't think that it in any way precludes a dog's ability to focus and work for their handler. I didn't say they can't focus attention. I speculate that they can't focus attention on things that exist only in their heads. Work is external, as is their handler.

Posted by: Gary Robinson at Aug 2, 2010 1:48:23 PM

I think that advanced planning such as that needed for a herding job to do its job well would require some ability to examine its own thoughts. But I personally don't see anything condescending about your hypothesis. If you haven't seen Border Collies or Aussies herding it's very interesting and frankly amazing.

Posted by: Michael Anderson at Feb 17, 2012 3:12:26 PM

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