Saturday, October 20, 2012

DEAD, Tango!

“Seventy-four percent of dog owners believe that their dogs experience guilt.

There is plenty of evidence for what scientists refer to as primary emotions – happiness and fear, for example – in animals. But empirical evidence for secondary emotions like jealousy, pride, and guilt, is extremely rare in the animal cognition literature. The argument usually given for this lack of evidence is that such secondary emotions seem to require a level of cognitive sophistication, particularly when it comes to self-awareness or self-consciousness, that may not exist in non-human animals.”

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I must confess he certainly looks as if he feels guilt.
Perhaps he's worried you're going to take the bird away, but that begs the question,' Why bring the catch to you in the first place?' and then 'Do animals worry?'
Anyway, could that be the same bird that was released from the tank?!
More questions than answers.
GOOD BOY TANGO! WELL DONE! GIVE IT TO ME!

Luke said...

Good observations.

From experience, when only the right eyebrow is raised in such manner it means "don't even think about it - the bird is mine."

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