Free Will and Self Control: Harvard University. According to psychologists at the Harvard University, to have a mind means having the ability for self control, planning, morality, and experience. Having mind means having the capacity to feel sensations like fear, pain and hunger among others. Individuals are enabled by their minds to control themselves and act morally. For individuals to effectively plan for their activities, they must use their minds effectively in order to have the best end results. The information provided here indicates that the mind enable an individual to have feelings like pain and hunger. Free Will and Self Control: Harvard University.
In this respect, the aspect of mind is perceived as the capability of doing something. For an individual to be considered as a minded person he or she must have the capability of controlling his or herself in the best way possible, plan effectively for his or her activities, have experience in real life situations, and act in a morally upright manner.
From my own reasoned thinking, it is not possible for the non-human animals to be a person because their thinking mechanisms are different from those of a human being. Basically, a non-human animal has the capacity of having the free will because their actions are not constrained by external factors. These animals are not guided by the environment on what to do. For one to be a person he or she must have the capability of controlling his or herself, must act in a morally upright manner, must have experience or knowledge, and must plan for his or her actions. However, these characteristics are absent in non-human animals. When words such as me or I are use, we are referring to our senses. An individual becomes a person because of his senses since the senses guide the best way of acting. Free Will and Self Control: Harvard University.
Spinoza, B. & de Spinoza, B. (2010). The Philosophy of Spinoza. New Jersey: Wiley. Free Will and Self Control: Harvard University.