Animal minds can be highly developed yet quite different from each other.
The only reason we perceive that it still exists is that the light from it takes a long time to reach us.
A recent PNAS study is the latest iteration of dial-a-science: just call and order science to fit your favored narrative.
There are no analogies to living things that are not intelligently designed.
The Cartesian theater is what remains of Cartesian dualism after the immaterial mind is removed.