Chapter Fifteen – Animal minds What is it like to be a snake? Can you imagine how it feels to slither along through wet grass in search of prey? Maybe you can. But, as Nagel (1974) pointed out in ‘What is it like to be a bat?’, you are probably imagin-
ing what it would be like for you to be the snake, and that is not the point. The point is what it is like for the snake – that is, if it is like anything at all for the snake.