For the record, I wasn’t in the shower when I thought of this but I thought this title fit the post.
It’s crazy that I can have some lived experience (for ex: seeing someone rob a store) and have a mental image of what happened in my brain.
I can then go and verbally tell my friends about this experience. I can describe it in great detail if I want- including where I was in position to the crime, what the robbers looked like, the look on the cashier’s face, etc- and they will create a mental image of this story too.
Just by making sounds with our mouths, we are able to give someone else a visual of an experience they’ve never had.
In fact, it doesn’t even have to be a personal experience! I can say: “a huge elephant sitting on top of the white house” and we would all create a similar mental image in our head of something none of us have ever seen and will never see.
Do you think other animals can do this?