anthropomorphism and its consequences

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anthropomorphism and its consequences

Postby sickmonkey » Thu Mar 21, 2013 1:52 am

I'm having an internet argument with some people about exactly why it's a bad idea to anthropomorphize animals. I'm explaining it as being a matter of the cognitive limitations of animals, and how it's unhealthy to ascribe complex motivations to them, but I think they got the impression that I'm saying animals are stupid and/or don't have personalities like people do. I'd appreciate any articles/studies explaining the cognitive differences between people and domestic animals. Basically, why it doesn't make sense to say an animal feels guilty, or to suggest an animal has an attitude instead of (correctly) saying that the animal is fearful.

If anyone can give me some sources that'd be great

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Re: anthropomorphism and its consequences

Postby Leslie H » Thu Mar 21, 2013 6:55 pm

Try looking at Patricia McConnell info. She's very clear on that type of thing, and has a nice doctorate to back it up.

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