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Looking for Personality in Animals, of All People
NY Times ^ | March 1, 2005 | CARL ZIMMER

Posted on 03/01/2005 6:01:16 PM PST by neverdem

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To: Junior

I agree. Thanks for the ping.


21 posted on 03/01/2005 7:22:06 PM PST by b_sharp (Science adjusts theories to fit evidence, creationism distorts evidence to fit the bible.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
From 2001:

Cats, dogs, hyenas, and other animals have personality traits in much the same way humans do, according to Samuel D. Gosling, a University of Texas at Austin psychologist who is working toward developing a new gravy train field in animal personality.
22 posted on 03/01/2005 7:23:38 PM PST by visualops
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To: PatrickHenry

Thanks for the ping!


23 posted on 03/01/2005 7:37:47 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: neverdem

Human FReepers (and anthropomorphic animal FReepers that can type) can find their personality type here:
http://www.personal.psu.edu/faculty/j/5/j5j/IPIP/


24 posted on 03/01/2005 7:47:03 PM PST by evilC (This space left intentionally blank)
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To: PatrickHenry
They are studying a European relative of chickadees called the great tit (Parus major).

"Ah, my little chickadee, I see you have a prodigious pair of Parus majors."

25 posted on 03/01/2005 8:15:18 PM PST by Max in Utah (By their works you shall know them.)
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To: monkey

Wonder if Endemol productions underwrites any of these studies ... or merely donates in sponsored TV "reality show" time all manner of fodder for thought.


26 posted on 03/01/2005 8:15:48 PM PST by Askel5 ( Cooperatio voluntaria ad suicidium est legi morali contraria. )
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To: AntiGuv
Correction: I think the animal rights movement has admirable principles in the abstract, but frequently seems inane insane in practice.
27 posted on 03/02/2005 5:38:53 AM PST by stremba
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To: AntiGuv

It's all hormones.


28 posted on 03/02/2005 7:48:50 AM PST by furball4paws (Ho, Ho, Beri, Beri and Balls!)
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To: neverdem
That's the Eysenk model for personality, one which is derived directly from features identified by evolutionary psychologists as being crucial towards group survival.

The main problem with this particular study is that we don't know if the personality traits identified in these kinds of birds are either homologous or analogous to those in humans, so how much they can say about us or other species is up in the air.

29 posted on 03/02/2005 8:06:16 AM PST by RightWingAtheist (Creationism is not conservative!)
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To: neverdem

This is so cool...


30 posted on 03/02/2005 8:36:02 AM PST by technochick99 (Self defense is a basic human right ; Sig Sauer is my equalizer)
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To: AntiGuv
Speaking of which, I think the animal rights movement has admirable principles in the abstract, but frequently seems inane in practice.

Ugh. Not me. They have serious goals which are not in sync with our standards of liberty. I am 100% in approval of the animal welfare people though. But there's a serious intermingling of the two. I've worked with several dog rescues, and the rightists are just plain goofy.

31 posted on 03/02/2005 8:38:40 AM PST by technochick99 (Self defense is a basic human right ; Sig Sauer is my equalizer)
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To: neverdem

32 posted on 03/02/2005 9:02:52 AM PST by april15Bendovr
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To: neverdem

I'll have to check with la gata on this one.


33 posted on 03/02/2005 9:21:20 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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