• Daemon
    246
    I am not sure. Could be we are the only ones. But it could also be that we are the only ones who want and need more than what we have. We might be the only animal dissatisfied with ourselves, and life as it is. I mean, look at us! Can you blame us for being so insecure?James Riley

    Speak for yourself!
  • Bylaw
    85
    Or it understands, but you're not conscious of it. You think the toaster knows the numbers on its dial?
  • VerdammtNochMal
    12
    Or it understands, but you're not conscious of it. You think the toaster knows the numbers on its dial?Bylaw

    I still have to get used to the vocabulary. Our puppy dog is very intelligent though. She knows not to bite my face (she's licking it right now!). My hands are not safe though. She can't read a clock too (neither?).
  • Daemon
    246


    To answer your question about "too (neither?)": it would be grammatical to say "She can't read a clock either", however I don't think that's what you were trying to say. The words "too", "either" and "neither" all refer back to something mentioned previously. I think you needed to start a new thought, maybe something like "Anyway, she can't read a clock". I hope that's helpful.

    My dog is 8 years old now and I have had him since he was 8 weeks old, and all that time I have thought about what he knows and how he thinks. He would bite my hands when he was very young, but I learned that the way to stop this is to scream and act like the puppy has really hurt you, in an exaggerated way. This is how other dogs respond to a puppy biting. I hope that's helpful.

    I guess that behaviour is instinctive, because it is widespread among dogs.

    When I think about my dog's intelligence I see that he works by trial and error more than by reason, and I think that is because he lacks the flexibility provided by human style language and thought. Not only flexibility, but many other aspects of thought are available to us because of the nature of our language.
  • Bylaw
    85
    Sure, animals, including us, have our strengths and weaknesses.
  • Thunderballs
    204
    When I think about my dog's intelligence I see that he works by trial and error more than by reason, and I think that is because he lacks the flexibility provided by human style language and thought. Not only flexibility, but many other aspects of thought are available to us because of the nature of our language.Daemon

    Nonsense.
  • Daemon
    246
    I am totally convinced by the power of your rationale Oh Thunderballs!
  • Thunderballs
    204
    am totally convinced by the power of your rationale Oh Thunderballs!Daemon

    Sometimes few words are needed... Oh Daemon 596796...
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