Man’s brilliant best friend

They’re not just loving companions and helpmates, they’re also smart and have been programmed over the generations to read us like books.


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  1. Stories like this always reminds me of David Brin’s Uplift trilogies. He told a story of a future human race tasked with the status of new member to a galaxy already populated with many different species, most of them more advanced and ancient than humanity. In order to preserve humanity’s autonomy under the system of patronage, humanity had to have “client” species under them. The fact that dolphines and chimps were already being uplifted by humans, prevented other species from making humanity into a client species. The duties of a patron race therefore is to preserve, ensure, and regulate the evolution and advancement of their client species. This includes genetic modification, learning, protection, and many other things that the Left would be quite happy with.

    Current political and military events such as the war over the Vietnam War and the Iraq war, obviously demonstrate that humanity has trouble taking care of ourselves, let alone any additional species such as dolphins, dogs, chimps, etc.

    There are humans that will throw other human beings to the wolves, because they wanted to be the ones that decided the destiny of others in Vietnam. They didn’t want to allow the Vietnamese to determine their own destiny. However, unlike nihilists, I believe progress is possible. And much of that progress is given in the example of the current existence of the United States. Thousands of years of humanity struggle and suffering ended up producing the United States. That is progress, of a sort. It can still all end though, if they cut the chain of inheritance.

  2. This reminds me of the stories written by Jim Kjelgaard for young adults. They often centered around the son in a wilderness famly and his dog. He emphasized the devotion and intelligence of these dogs, especially the hunting dogs.

    He also constantly reinforced the idea that all wild animals are much smarter than we give them credit for, through his detailed description of how difficult it was for hunters and trappers to outwit those animals whose “natural wildness wisdom” enabled them to “trick” their pursuers and survive.

  3. difficult it was for hunters and trappers to outwit those animals whose “natural wildness wisdom” enabled them to “trick” their pursuers and survive.

    Cape buffalo, eh?

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