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(Opposing Views)   "...but now researchers have confirmed that dogs truly are capable of understanding situations from a human's point of view"   (opposingviews.com) divider line 10
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2013-02-12 07:24:12 AM
So after a few gajillion years of evolution, predators have developed the ability to figure out when they can be seen by their foes, and when they can't be seen?

AMAZING!
 
2013-02-12 07:29:44 AM
Screw this shiat, I'm out of here?
 
2013-02-12 07:33:09 AM

The Larch: So after a few gajillion years of evolution, predators have developed the ability to figure out when they can be seen by their foes, and when they can't be seen?

AMAZING!


Seriously.

Believe it or not, there are people out there who believe animals are just stomachs with fur:  brainless eating machines that have no ability to think or feel beyond survival "instinct".  I was actually taught as much by a college sociology professor.
 
2013-02-12 07:36:35 AM
Oh god.  Those are looks of disappointment and disgust.  I'll have to start locking that door.
 
2013-02-12 07:38:04 AM
Cats understand too... They just don't give a fark.
 
2013-02-12 07:42:20 AM
Dogs have got a pretty sweet gig. Lie around all day. Get some attention from owners. Eat and go for a walk.
 
2013-02-12 07:43:13 AM

lordjupiter: I was actually taught as much by a college sociology professor.


I'm guessing that's why he taught sociology instead of biology / zoology / animal science.
 
2013-02-12 07:44:39 AM

Merltech: Screw this shiat, I'm out of here?


Huh? What dog would forgo regular meals and treats, belly rubs, walks and trips to the park, and a soft, warm, secure place to sleep in favor of a feral life? Some dogs are abused, but most have infinitely better lives with people than they would otherwise.
 
2013-02-12 07:50:58 AM
 
2013-02-12 07:51:50 AM

The Larch: So after a few gajillion years of evolution, predators have developed the ability to figure out when they can be seen by their foes, and when they can't be seen?


Trite, but I think the main thrust of these observations is that the animals understood that humans, specifically, aren't gifted with good night vision.

I dunno if I care much for the way this was tested though.  The needs of a control group would kinda dictate pitting them against some other organism that did have good night vision.  Not that you're going to find any other organism with good night vision that's apt to have that dog/master relationship.

It's interesting, but I'm not sure it proves anything.  I don't think the study is robust enough to, really.
 
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