We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Is he clairvoyant? Can he read human minds as well?
Giving human characteristics to animals, inanimate objects or natural phenomena is a human trait called “to anthropomorphize.”
The problem with humans is that for the most part, we judge animals' intelligence on their obedience to us. The easiest horses to train aren't the smart ones. It's the dumb ones. Because the smart ones spend all their time trying to get out of doing what you want them to do and getting you to react to what they are doing so you forget or get aggravated and put them away. You have to keep this in mind when working with animals, because like humans, they are all unique.
Because horses, like humans are inherently lazy creatures.
Bats Sing, Mice Giggle: The Surprising Science of Animals' Inner Lives by Karen Shanor is a good read. I don't recall it being highly politicized, although i read it a few years ago.
I agree with you, this book is likely another humans bad, animals good book, while projecting human emotions and behavior on to animals.
"to observe wolves sort out the aftermath of one pack's personal tragedy".
This is the stupidest, most self-indicting rot I have read in months, if not years. Let's unpack it and then let's preface it with its only rational premise once we're through. It won't take long because it's so stone-stupid obvious.
1. I'm ignorant. Haven't and won't read anything relative, and don't give a shit. Here, I'll even admit it.
2. Ergo, this must be an arrogant premise, this idea that animals are way more engaged than I'd personally care to know. That, for example, elephants grieve when, you know, some asshole shoves a half inch cylinder of lead up their mate's brain at a thousand feet per second simply because his own dick is missing.
3. Being professedly and proudly ignorant, allow me to rob the author of intent before carrying on robbing him of what could very well be a couple hundred pages of reasoned fact: Surely he must be claiming to read minds, even though I can't possibly know, being willfully ignorant and openly so. But that's my conclusion anyway.
4. Based on my bullshit, I must conclude - "I can only think" - publicly, that the author's the one projecting. Yeah, the author is projecting, the one I haven't read because ignorance.
And the premise needed to "think" as admittedly feeblemind does? The rug that ties this whole room full of bullshit together?
Feebes's confirmation bias. You can just as plausibly lead with "I'm an ignorant fool who prefers to deny reality." It'd be more efficient.
I'll just leave it there so you can copy/paste it in the future and save everybody the time and pity.
I work disturbing fallacies every day. It gives me a modicum of expertise.
Because the only thing more spectacularly asinine than your first voyage into abject foolhardiness and dishonesty - if that's possible - is that now you'll assert you're entitled to the king of all fallacies because of an association with what are the wordless victims generally associated with the subject.
In other words, the Third Reich was an expert on Jews because it had so much experience with concentration camps.
Judas F*cking Maude. Sentient, guileless, faithful, feeling, loyal animals confront idiotic rightist sensibilities and all you can do to defend your spectacular, entirely unthought confirmation bias is make crap up out of thin air? Why am I not surprised.
Well, everybody knows God loves it when animal terror and squalor and pain and death are industrialized so rightists can be seen as noble and just in the mind of Sportsman God. Salvation!
Absolute idiots, and proudly so. That's the arrogance.