Snook Animals We’ve Known and Loved

28 05 2010

UPDATE: How could I forget Snook’s Boston Terrier for Memorial Day??

. . .If we took a close look at dominionists including the homophobic and misogynistic . . . would THEIR humanity measure up to Alex the parrot and Washoe the chimp? Maybe they’re worried it might not, and that explains why they fight so hard against any such changes or letting anyone but them and their beliefs in on the thinking and defining?

So I got to thinking about voters in chicken suits and wondered how many other animals have factored into our human thinking about ourselves here. Below is a surprisingly long and varied list of animal posts and discussion, that in connecting us to their nature may help us learn about our own:

While We’re Debating Who Deserves Humanity . . .:
How we think of and treat animals — caused by our needs and changes more than theirs — teaches us more about ourselves than them, just as robot theologian Anne Foerst teaches and preaches.

Her philosophy is that everything really is all about us. . .



Baboon, parrot, chimp as service animals

Sheep and their herd mentality

Katherine Harris on Horses

Schrodinger’s Cat

Ceiling Cat

Stray cats and dogs, Animal Farm, pigs

Pythons and a dead grizzly bear

What’s Up at PussyCat’s? (parrot, rabbit, tiger and haddock in discussion)

Rabbits, poodles and implied death of animals as empathy test

Monkey-Man god of business

Guinea Pig Wooed for TV

Guinea Pig part one

Guinea Pig part two

Large dogs in small apartments

Sheepdogs, pigs in a blanket

Dog days for first daughters

Fly and cat-killing, animal dissection as school science

Mama and baby deer

Pups at play, kitty strollers and a spotted hound surfing





Insect (boats)

If you can find more, post in comments!



4 responses

29 05 2010

Here’s another one I just stumbled across: Gays as animals in school

29 05 2010

From one of the (best imo) animal-laden discussions above, about how humans think and argue:

Something you said made a bell go off about the new Richard Dawkins I’m reading:
“And it seems that this thinking overflows from purely “religious” ideas (i.e., abortion) into those that are, at most, quasi-religious (i.e., criminal issues) and into those that are utterly secular.”

He describes how a rabbit and a tiger e.g. are on the same hairpin of evolutionary change, and you can see it looking back. Or a human and a haddock. Then he describes how children first are able to learn language including the names for categories of creatures as discrete and clearly different concepts — dog, rabbit, tiger, cow, fish, boy, girl — and says to learn it all otherwise would be impossibly complex.

Thus all the nuance and established scientific truth of systems theory, the connections and change and variation within the same species (and similarities between different ones) are masked in the mind of a child still learning the basics.

And I thought, that’s the mind of a child the bible talks about. How you have to be carefully taught these stories as received wisdom when you have that literal mind and then your religious community needs to make sure your mind never advances to other ways of thinking and understanding.

And it works. Apparently that child’s eyeview gets locked in for too many people even as they otherwise mature, reinforced like concrete setting up as absolute literal truth so that anything more, anything beyond, anything difficult to expand your boundaries with, anything like a liberal education, anything your blinded eyes don’t tell you, must be a trick or a lie.

31 05 2010

COD’s inspiration, about how we treat puppies, snakes and other animals:
Is Teaching a Captive Ethical?

7 07 2013

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