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Compassion and other creatures

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Sunday, November 5, 2017/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, environment, Archive Pick of the Week

Anyone who owns a dog, a cat, or a bird recognizes they have modes and behaviors that mimic what we would call emotions. What about compassion? That's a trait we humans tend to believe is unique to Homo sapiens.

The Buddhists speak of sentient beings as denoting any creatures with consciousness or self-awareness.and the dalai lama has often said that expressions of compassion are the best examples of such deliberate acts..A short video captured by a random East African tour group shows that the definition definitely now needs to be include some other creatures than ourselves.

Now the hard part begins to try and piece together the scientific and psychological basis for animal behaviors that fit the definition of sentient and compassionate beings.



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