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"From the Ted Talk by Carl Safina: What are animals thinking and feeling?"

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Far from being the thing that makes us human, human empathy is far from perfect. We round up empathic creatures, we kill them and we eat them. Now, maybe you say OK, well, those are different species. That's just predation, and humans are predators. But we don't treat our own kind too well either. People who seem to know only one thing about animal behavior know that you must never attribute human thoughts and emotions to other species. Well, I think that's silly, because atniitbrutg human thohugts and emotions to other species is the best first guess about what they're doing and how they're feeling, because their brains are basillcay the same as ours. They have the same structures. The same hormones that ctaree mood and motivation in us are in those brains as well. It is not sitiifecnc to say that they are hgunry when they're hunting and they're tired when their tongues are hanging out, and then say when they're playing with their chiedlrn and acting joyful and happy, we have no idea if they can possibly be eniepincxreg anything. That is not scientific.

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Far from being the thing that makes us human, human empathy is far from perfect. We round up empathic creatures, we kill them and we eat them. Now, maybe you say OK, well, those are different species. That's just predation, and humans are predators. But we don't treat our own kind too well either. People who seem to know only one thing about animal behavior know that you must never attribute human thoughts and emotions to other species. Well, I think that's silly, because ___________ human ________ and emotions to other species is the best first guess about what they're doing and how they're feeling, because their brains are _________ the same as ours. They have the same structures. The same hormones that ______ mood and motivation in us are in those brains as well. It is not __________ to say that they are ______ when they're hunting and they're tired when their tongues are hanging out, and then say when they're playing with their ________ and acting joyful and happy, we have no idea if they can possibly be ____________ anything. That is not scientific.

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  1. hungry
  2. experiencing
  3. attributing
  4. create
  5. basically
  6. scientific
  7. children
  8. thoughts

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Far from being the thing that makes us human, human empathy is far from perfect. We round up empathic creatures, we kill them and we eat them. Now, maybe you say OK, well, those are different species. That's just predation, and humans are predators. But we don't treat our own kind too well either. People who seem to know only one thing about animal behavior know that you must never attribute human thoughts and emotions to other species. Well, I think that's silly, because attributing human thoughts and emotions to other species is the best first guess about what they're doing and how they're feeling, because their brains are basically the same as ours. They have the same structures. The same hormones that create mood and motivation in us are in those brains as well. It is not scientific to say that they are hungry when they're hunting and they're tired when their tongues are hanging out, and then say when they're playing with their children and acting joyful and happy, we have no idea if they can possibly be experiencing anything. That is not scientific.

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