I find it a bit interesting that there seems to be a flurry of media reports on animal personality in recent weeks (maybe I'm just encountering a disproportionate share). I always figured it was more or less a given that at least 'higher order' animals had personality types and emotional states. To be sure, I haven't the slightest objection to such research - to the contrary I think it's quite important - but I wonder if the slightly raised media profile may be a corrolary of the animal rights movement.
Speaking of which, I think the animal rights movement has admirable principles in the abstract, but frequently seems inane in practice. I think part of the problem is that personality and emotion is so loaded with connotation to our perception that it can be easy to 'anthropomorphize' other creatures. The rudimentary forms exhibited by most (primates and cetaceans being notable exceptions) are in my view such a difference in degree as to be different in kind. Ultimately, it's a man eat cow world out there!
PS. Are the "pink" flamingos the most flamboyant?
posted on 03/01/2005 7:10:40 PM PST
I dunno. My dogs and cats definitely evince individual, and easily discernable (to a human being) personality traits. Oddly enough, I've seen personalities types (albeit, very basic) in my pet skink, my two cockatiels, and the frogs and fish inhabiting the aquarium in my kitchen; traits like curiosity, playfulness, and downright orneryness. I see it as a difference in degree rather than kind.
BTW, I've considered using "The Lazy Flamingo" as the name of the bar I'm opening when I retire.
posted on 03/01/2005 7:16:21 PM PST
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From the "GozLab" itself:
"...a dog's got personality and personality goes a long way" (Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction)
The ultimate goal of this program of research is to: (a) develop animal models to inform research in personality, social, and health psychology, (b) use perceptions of animal personality to understand general processes in personality perception, (c) apply our understanding of personality to promote animal welfare.
Purposeful anthropomorphizing(sp?) to promote empathy.
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
posted on 03/02/2005 7:48:50 AM PST
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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.
posted on 03/02/2005 8:38:40 AM PST
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