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Our Animal Instincts

Our Animal Instincts

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Does living with animals really make us healthier? Why do we eat some animals and keep others as pets? This week on Hidden Brain, we talk with psychology professor Hal Herzog about the contradictions embedded in our relationships with animals.
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Sawyer  Martinez

Exactly. Healthy and happier people have pets. Huge for the owner who already stuff from eating disorder and dogs hovering creates ptsd.

Jul 2nd
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Mae Lee Arant

I am furious with this episode. it only looks at one simple broad brush statement of "anthropormorphism" rather than the deep dive of how animals function with the myriad of communicative intent as well as emotions. man is an animal, the worse as we raise ourselves above the rest with hypocrisy and self centered blindness.

Jun 20th
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Jason Huntley

Mae Lee Arant A few questions. How do you know that no other "animal" raises itself up? Do you think that morals (standards of right and wrong) exist? If so, are we the only "animal" with morals? If not, why and who else does?

Jul 9th
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Cheryl Martin

Mae Lee Arant seriously

Jun 28th
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Sean Noonan

This was a stupid episode, I can't believe this guy has spent 30 years thinking about this, his reasoning and conclusions sound so simplistic.

Jun 19th
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Inna S

Sean Noonan It sounds like his pushing towards embracing hypocrisy rather than explaining why people act like this. "We want our pets to be like us" doesn't say much. He himself hasn't changed his lifestyle (except for not getting a dog) so I suspect his own unwillingness to take action or a higher moral stand tint a lot of his opinions.

Jul 5th
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Taylor Anne

-> Animalia, chordata, mammilia, primates, haplorhini, simiiformes, hominidae, homininae, hominini, homo, -> Homo sapiens..... maybe it’s not humans and animals, no more than it’s chimanzees and animals, or bunnies and animals, or birds and animals. There is an incessant tendency to separate humans from all other animals. One might argue it is a fundamental cognitive bias. If the statement was scientifically accurate what would we be; humans and animals, are we aliens?! A moral distinction at it’s core.

Jun 18th
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