At some point in our evolutionary history, pre-humans made an important leap in cognitive ability. We moved from first order contemplation to second order. That is, we went from thinking to thinking about thinking. Before this leap, we were not very much different than most of the animals we’re familiar with — dogs, cats, horses. We know they can think, and they are often very good at solving problems, but it’s pretty obvious that they don’t have the ability to think about the way they solve problems.
My cat gets upset with me because I sometimes don't change his water until he drinks what he has. He prefers fresh cold water out of the refrigerator to water that’s been in his bowl for a day or two. Several months ago, he took a good look at a glass of water I had set on the coffee table. He recognized it as water, but found that he couldn’t get at it because his head is too big. Within a few minutes, he’d figured out that tipping the glass over put a nice puddle of fresh water on the table which he could lick up at his leisure. As a result, I now have to either finish my water completely within a few minutes, or drink from a sealable bottle.
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Tags: soul supernaturalism naturalism
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