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Posted by: quotation | 2010/07/19

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The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures  but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.

Mark Twain, What Is Man? (1906)
US humorist, novelist, short story author, &  wit (1835 - 1910)

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Ok, interesting quesion to follow on here - do you believe ( from your experience of pets and other animals ) that animals have ANY sense of right and wrong ? When your cat or dog looks guilty, or exaggeratedly innocent when they have broken a vase - does that include any element of knowing it was WRONG to do so, or merely an accurate recognition that you will be angry about it ? Perhaps they feel Shame ( uncomfortable when you scold them ) rather than Guilt ( which is internally generated ) ? Or does the pooch lie awake at night brooding over the damage he caused in the spare room, even though you haven't been greatly bothered by it ?

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2010/07/19

Ok, interesting quesion to follow on here - do you believe ( from your experience of pets and other animals ) that animals have ANY sense of right and wrong ? When your cat or dog looks guilty, or exaggeratedly innocent when they have broken a vase - does that include any element of knowing it was WRONG to do so, or merely an accurate recognition that you will be angry about it ? Perhaps they feel Shame ( uncomfortable when you scold them ) rather than Guilt ( which is internally generated ) ? Or does the pooch lie awake at night brooding over the damage he caused in the spare room, even though you haven't been greatly bothered by it ?

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