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My wife and I owned a Border Collie when we were first married.  Anyone who owns one of these dogs can tell you that they are very clever. Some researchers have described Borders as having the cognitive ability of a 5 or 6 year old human.  I would tend to agree. A very smart 5 or 6 year   It was easy to anthropomorphize her.  Yet, can we really know how any other being understands the world?  We humans have a tendency to believe that other sentient beings understand the world just as we do.  When confronted with evidence to the contrary, it is easy to convince ourselves that the other human or even a dog is misanthropic, antagonistic, or hurtful.  Is that true?  A very simple but insightful study of an individual dog points out that the world can be understood in very different ways.  It suggests to me that for empathy, we sometimes need to dig deeper to see through the eyes of another.  It may be foreign to us but valid for them to think differently. It is the height of hubris to believe that our mind process is superior, correct, or universal.

--Dave

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/ 121121210253.htm



 



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