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Gregory Berns, a neuroscientist who initially worked with a dog trainer to teach Callie, a nine-month-old rescue dog, and McKenzie, a three-year-old collie, to lie in a MRI machine, said: ‘We can really begin to understand what a dog is thinking rather than infer it from their behaviour.
Using hand signals to indicate the dogs were about to receive a food treat, Berns and his team showed that the caudate nucleus, a part of the brain associated with positive emotions, was similar in dogs and human
In the next part of their research, they will analyse brain scans from dogs offered treats by strangers and machines....
We hope to show that they love us for things far beyond food, basically the same things that humans love us for, like social comfort and social bonds.’
His initial findings were published last year in a book called How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain.
In it he uses his findings to argue that dogs do indeed empathise with human emotions and experience friendships in a similar way to humans.
Both the assumption of anthropomorphism and the assumption of the lack thereof are both fallacious ways of thinking. To rule in either way by assumption, and not allow for the possibility of either, one has made an unproven assumption.
It takes the tiniest bit of thought to realize your dog is not some pure instinct driven robot, no different from any other dog, and to realize that as a social animal, it has clearly evolved social based emotions. Dogs have demonstrated even further to develop a stronger bond with individuals and families, to become a pack, this is more than just getting food.
But it's all just about food, right? None of the many stories that circle the globe about the things dogs have done, that go completely against self preservation instincts all account for nothing. You're just a food source to your dog, right?
Here is an affirmation :
What differentiates humans from other species inside the animal realm and life in general is the possibility to transmit information through lapses of time of the millennia magnitude. That is what permits us to build civilizations, to continue the work of our predecessors without the need for each generation to reinvent the wheel. Humans start where their predecessors have stopped while other animals start where their predecessors have started.
Other species have, just like us :
But they don't have the capacity to transmit information through centuries and millennia.
You disagree ? Discuss !