Besides, the media are the champions of anthropomorphism.
They very often propagate anthropomorphic myths on animals.
Or the story of two ducks, Kohl and Harper, who had been rescued from horrible lives in a foie gras factory.
Author Barbara King writes: That Kohl and Harper lived for …
For example, some will believe that when they are sick or sad, their cat will lay on their lap because he feels compassionate.
A turtle who comes ashore and stares for hours at the photo of its dead loved one.Humans may perform the same external acts as other animals, yet for markedly different reasons, and we can ascribe meanings to our actions that are altogether absent among our mammalian counterparts.To illustrate how fallacious social science can permeate even reputable biological studies, I will examine a research project on brown capuchin monkeys reported in Nature in 2003 (Brosnan SF and De Waal FBM, "Monkeys Reject Unequal Pay" 425, 297-299), which claims to demonstrate that monkeys have a sense of fairness.Since the nineteenth century, many evolutionary biologists have attempted to expand the explanatory power of natural selection into the domain of human behavior.These forays into cultural anthropology have consistently displayed methodological shortcomings and conceptual errors resulting from an inadequate grasp of the history of human culture and the philosophy of mind.What better headline story than the heroic action of a cat that saved a child from a dog attack, or the cat who woke his owners to save them from a fire?Since this is a very sensitive issue, I will choose my words very carefully to broach such a thorny topic that might upset a lot of readers.In fact, some people will reject any explanation that differs from their beliefs, and most of the time, they pretend that their cat feels the same emotions and feelings as they do. Sometimes, they will even refrain from traveling, for they cannot bear the idea that their cat might miss them.In other words, will often deprive themselves of the pleasures of life because of the false perceptions they have regarding the emotions and feelings of their pet.A Russian tortoise launched into space during the Cold War.A Lebanese parrot abandoned on the doorknob of a pet store during Israel’s 2006 bombing of Beirut.