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Nonhuman empathy

Michael Edelman mje at mich.com
Thu Feb 11 15:55:00 EST 1999



Jason Ebaugh wrote:

> Michael Edelman <mje at mich.com> wrote:
>
> >What you're doing is commiting the anthropomorphic fallacy- you're assigning
> >human emotions, thoughts, etc. to an animal without justification.
>
> Saying "he gets nervous" is a little close to the line of
> anthromorphizing. But my observation is of behavior. He hides. Again,
> you have ideology on your side. To assume he has a blank mental life
> is as unsupported as to say he has a mental life.

I'm not denying the turtle has a mental life; I'm just saying that the poster
doesn't have sufficent evidence to assign emotional states to observed behavior.

>

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Michael Edelman     http://www.mich.com/~mje





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