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(BBC)   Scientists who obviously never had a dog before surprised by experiments that show that dogs are more likely to disobey their masters when they think humans are not watching   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 12
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2013-02-11 03:17:29 PM
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And cats just don't give a f*ck if a human is watching or not
2013-02-11 08:34:24 PM
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HairBolus: These abilities often fall under  "Theory of Mind" notions. For example certain animals that hide food won't hide it when they know others are watching, because they have some notion of the minds or intentions of other animals.

There seems to be a major step up from knowing others have minds to knowing that you yourself have one. Knowing that your image in a mirror is actually you is the common test for this ability - one passed by chimps, elephants, dolphins but not dogs and cats.


Dogs and cats tend to ignore mirrors. That alone seems to me to be that they recognize themselves in the mirror. Our newest kitten was in our bedroom and was fascinated by my reflection in the mirror. She kept looking at me, then my reflection, back and forth for what seemed like 5 minutes, never once acknowledging the cat that was in the mirror also. My point is, if they don't recognize themselves in the mirror, why don't they react as if they see another cat? It was as if when she looked in the mirror, she realized my reflection didn't look exactly the same as I looked, and kept looking back and forth at the differences. Contrast that with the way birds react to mirrors. Male cardinals will attack the other male cardinal they see in the mirror, and repeat this action daily all summer long until you cover your car side mirrors.
2013-02-11 05:31:10 PM
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MaudlinMutantMollusk: And cats just don't give a f*ck if a human is watching or not


It's not that cats don't care, they're just too stupid to realize you're trying to communicate in any way.
2013-02-11 04:52:45 PM
1 votes:
Denver certainly prefers to sneak cat treats when his owner's not home.
2013-02-11 04:45:04 PM
1 votes:
What a load of horse shiat.

"It has always been assumed only humans blah blah blah."

If your 'scientist' says that and wants money, fire them. Those assumptions come from an age when the Bible was considered hard evidence and vivisection on live animals without anesthesia was acceptable because "They can't feel pain."

If your scientist holds to them, they suck and they are wasting your time, money, and will draw horribly bad conclusions with poor methodology and a severe case of wheel reinvention. Best hit the job market and find yourself a real biologist.
2013-02-11 04:36:52 PM
1 votes:
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Obligatory.
2013-02-11 04:27:09 PM
1 votes:

severedtoe: My dog knows that she's not supposed to into the garbage, but if we're not watching she'll do it every chace she gets.  What's funny is that she will act guilty before we even find out she broke the rules.

My dog has a conscience, just no self control.


Mine's the same way. We get home and he's crouched as low to the ground as he can possibly get, belly dragging across the carpet, making the biggest puppy dog eyes he can muster, as he slowly hauls himself over to greet us. We call it "the guilty crawl" and start surveying the apartment for the latest round of damage
2013-02-11 04:10:32 PM
1 votes:
My dog is aware of human sight limitations.  If I am walking through a lighted room, he just lets me step over him, but if it is dark he gets out of the way, so I don't step on him.
2013-02-11 04:06:45 PM
1 votes:

severedtoe: My dog knows that she's not supposed to into the garbage, but if we're not watching she'll do it every chace she gets.  What's funny is that she will act guilty before we even find out she broke the rules.

My dog has a conscience, just no self control.


So she's Catholic?
/ducks
2013-02-11 04:05:16 PM
1 votes:
My dog knows that she's not supposed to into the garbage, but if we're not watching she'll do it every chace she gets.  What's funny is that she will act guilty before we even find out she broke the rules.

My dog has a conscience, just no self control.
F42
2013-02-11 04:02:27 PM
1 votes:
It has always been assumed only humans had this ability."

It's amazing how much stupid shiat the scientific community just take for granted based on nothing more than their own sense of superiority.

I've seen ants use tools, ANTS! The community is impressed when a dolphin does it.
2013-02-11 03:49:53 PM
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MaudlinMutantMollusk: And cats just don't give a f*ck if a human is watching or not


Not always. My cat waits until I'm done cooking dinner and we're in the living room before she jumps up on the counter to see if I left anything she can eat. She won't do that if we're in there watching. We just got a video baby monitor for the upcoming baby, and I set it up in the kitchen. Sure enough, she hops up on the counter and I yell out her name. She stopped dead in her tracks, looked around like, "WTF?" Then jumped down and ran into her bedroom.
 
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