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PostSubject: Book: Inside Of A Dog   Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:27 pm

Skimmed rather quickly my Neanderthal book; it was less about Neanderthals than about the author's pet theory that language and singing arose from a common, now lost, proto-linguistic ancestor -- a theory with almost precisely zero evidence and not a whit of provability.  I was anxious to dig into another tome in my overflowing bookcase-of-unread-books (BOUB).

Next up, a book about what it's like to be a dog.

Or more precisely, "what dogs see, smell, and know" as the subtitle puts it.  Anyone who's ever lived with a dog learns that they have cognition, of a sort, and are very attuned to the emotional moods of those around them.  Too many of these sort of books -- and I've read several -- are simply apocryphal stories of cute things pets have done.  This one seems to have some scientific grounding: Alexandra Horowitz has a PhD in cognitive science and teaches psychology at Barnard.  She has studied rhinos, bonobos, dogs, and humans.  

Not quite up to Spencer Quinn's level, but so far entertaining and informative.
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PostSubject: Re: Book: Inside Of A Dog   Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:58 pm

Dogs outperform chimpanzees and children under 4 in tests of theory of mind and following the gaze of experimenters to find a hidden toy or treat. They UNDERPERFORM in tests of figuring out where hidden things might be if moved while out of their sight, or if two moves are made.
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PostSubject: Re: Book: Inside Of A Dog   Thu Apr 05, 2018 1:46 pm

Chimps, dolphins, at least one elephant, and children over the age of 4 pass the mirror test.

Monkeys, apes and dogs do not.
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PostSubject: Re: Book: Inside Of A Dog   Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:46 pm

NoCoPilot wrote:
Monkeys, apes and dogs do not.

Orangutans and at least one gorilla (Koko) have passed the test.
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PostSubject: Re: Book: Inside Of A Dog   Fri Apr 06, 2018 2:11 pm

I find it puzzling that so many "intelligence" studies are conducted on dogs, but never on cats. Wonder why that is. Lack of cooperation, perhaps.
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PostSubject: Re: Book: Inside Of A Dog   Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:42 pm

Story of Adam & Eve's Dog

Adam and Eve said, 'Lord, when we were in the garden, you walked with us every day. Now we do not see you anymore. We are lonesome here, and it is difficult for us to remember how much you love us.'

And God said, I will create a companion for you that will be with you and who will be a reflection of my love for you, so that you will love me even when you cannot see me  Regardless of how selfish or childish or unlovable you may be, this new companion will accept you as you are and will love you as I do, in spite of yourselves.

And God created a new animal to be a companion for Adam and Eve.
And it was a good animal and God was pleased.



And the new animal was pleased to be with Adam and Eve and he wagged his tail
And Adam said, 'Lord, I have already named all the animals in the Kingdom and I cannot think of a name for this new animal.'
And God said, 'I have created this new animal to be a reflection of my love for you, his name will be a reflection of my own name, and you will call him DOG.



And Dog lived with Adam and Eve and was a companion to them and loved them
And they were comforted.
And God was pleased.
And Dog was content and wagged his tail.


After a while, it came to pass that an angel came to the Lord and said, 'Lord, Adam and Eve have become filled with pride. They strut and preen like peacocks and they believe they are worthy of adoration. Dog has indeed taught them that they are loved, but perhaps too well.'

And God said, I will create for them a companion who will be with them and who will see them as they are. The companion will remind them of their limitations, so they will know that they are not always worthy of adoration.'

And God created CAT to be a companion to Adam and Eve.



And Cat would not obey them.

And when Adam and Eve gazed into Cat's eyes,

they were reminded that they were not the Supreme Beings.



And God was pleased.
And Dog was happy.



And the Cat . . .


didn't give a shit one way or the other......."
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PostSubject: Re: Book: Inside Of A Dog   Fri Apr 06, 2018 6:07 pm

Dogs have masters.  Cats have staff.
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PostSubject: Re: Book: Inside Of A Dog   Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:28 am

NoCoPilot wrote:
Too many of these sort of books -- and I've read several -- are simply apocryphal stories of cute things pets have done.  This one seems to have some scientific grounding
Nah. Still 90% ASoCTPHD.
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