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The New Anthropomorphism : Problems in the Behavioural Sciences - John S. Kennedy

The New Anthropomorphism

Problems in the Behavioural Sciences

Paperback Published: 14th September 1992
ISBN: 9780521422673
Number Of Pages: 208

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John Kennedy's thesis is that anthropomorphism is not necessarily dead, but is lurking under different disguises. In fact, it still affects research, but is often unintended and therefore it goes unrecognized. He provides ample documentary evidence of the way researchers unconsciously slip into anthropomorphism. The book contains nineteen essays on behavioral concepts that have seldom been identified as anthropomorphic, but in fact bear that connotation and lead to mistakes. Some of these, such as search images in birds and the learning of grammatical language by apes, have been seen as errors after a time. A greater number, such as efference copy, goal-directedness, cognition, and suffering in animals, are still current though not yet regarded as erroneous. We can hardly hope to cure ourselves altogether of thinking anthropomorphically, and it can be very useful as a metaphor. The final chapter outlines things we can do to minimize the damage anthropomorphism does to the casual analysis of animal behavior.

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'Anyone interested in animal welfare should read this book.' P. J. B. Slater, Animal Welfare 'This is an important book that will encourage a more scientific study of animal behaviour.' Robert Barrass, Journal of Biological Education

Anthropomorphism and teleology, explicit anthropomorphism, behaviourist taboo, uniqueness of Man, consciousness, unconsciousness, compulsive anthropomorphism
Instinct, nest-building, search images, language, imitation, functions as causes, imbalance
Migration, purpose and goal, efference copy, motivation
Intentionality, cognition, self-awareness, suffering
Hierarchy, displacement, inhibition, trail-following
Illusions, indulgence, neoanthropomorphism, prescription
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ISBN: 9780521422673
ISBN-10: 0521422671
Series: Problems in the Behavioural Sciences
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 14th September 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.54 x 13.74  x 1.14
Weight (kg): 0.25

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