Last December I read in the Gulf Times, Qatar’s English daily newspaper, that China was removing the word thoughts from their definition of terrorism. Thoughts do have consequences but once expressed they become speech. So how do you prove that someone is having terrorist thoughts? Well, in China you do not need much evidence to arrest anyone who, in their view, is plotting against the government. It is practically impossible to tell when someone is having criminal thoughts unless you have “precogs”, like in the film Minority Report, that help you predict crimes before they are committed. The same goes for animals. How can you tell what a dog, like Mia for instance, is thinking? We think that her thoughts are usually about food and smells, but that’s only a presumption.
Here is the newspaper clipping of the news and a short movie of Mia deep in thought. Can you guess what she’s thinking about? Certainly not terrorist thoughts. Enjoy.