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1 jaunte  Sat, Nov 13, 2010 8:19:30am

Very cool. The eye-tracking experiment, proving that dogs are highly accurate readers of human emotion, is amazing.

2 reine.de.tout  Sat, Nov 13, 2010 8:33:46am

re: #1 jaunte

Very cool. The eye-tracking experiment, proving that dogs are highly accurate readers of human emotion, is amazing.

The whole show is amazing.
If you watch through, at the end they reference an experiment started in Russia 50 years ago, where they selected fox pups for lack of fear and aggression toward humans, and bred those pups. Within a few generations, they had become quite tame and cuddly, and not only that, their coloring began to change (became more "dog-like") and other physical characteristics changed as well (their tails became shorter and pointed in a different direction). It was quite the eye-opener.

As part of the same experiment, they selected pups that were quite aggressive, and kept breeding those. Within a few generations those pups had become monster-like in their aggressive behavior.

Anyhow - the whole show is very very interesting. I'm going to rewatch it; I'm sure I missed something the first time through.

3 jaunte  Sat, Nov 13, 2010 8:34:47am

re: #2 reine.de.tout

Watching the part about human-to-dog eye signaling now...

4 CuriousLurker  Sat, Nov 13, 2010 10:40:37am

Love it! Very interesting stuff.

5 allegro  Sat, Nov 13, 2010 11:39:40am

I happened to catch the program a couple of minutes after it started. It was wonderful! Thanks for finding this so I can watch it again.

6 Charles Johnson  Sat, Nov 13, 2010 11:51:53am

This is a great show! I just edited your post to embed the full video, by the way...

7 reine.de.tout  Sat, Nov 13, 2010 11:52:43am

re: #6 Charles

This is a great show! I just edited your post to embed the full video, by the way...

Just realized that!
Thanks.

8 3eff Jeff  Sat, Nov 13, 2010 12:09:41pm

Thanks for the review! I have it sitting on my TiVo, I'll have to go watch it this weekend.

9 nines09  Sat, Nov 13, 2010 12:44:35pm

I call two animals noble. Horses and dogs. Both will serve and both will die for you. It goes beyond what we would call intelligence IMHO. It is a connect that goes back to the beginning of civilization. Thanks for posting this, I love it. And I love every mutt I ever had call me friend.

10 Slumbering Behemoth Stinks  Sat, Nov 13, 2010 1:02:34pm

See, I told y'all that dogs were way more awesome than cats.
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11 CuriousLurker  Sat, Nov 13, 2010 3:24:14pm

re: #10 Slumbering Behemoth

See, I told y'all that dogs were way more awesome than cats.
/

That's it. I want a divorce.

12 reine.de.tout  Sat, Nov 13, 2010 3:31:47pm

re: #11 CuriousLurker

That's it. I want a divorce.

hahahahahahahaha!
*snicker*
*snort*
hahahaha!

13 CuriousLurker  Sat, Nov 13, 2010 3:33:43pm

Reine, I finally got to sit down and watch the whole show. Fascinating! We always had dogs when I was growing up and I miss having one. It's been probably 15 years since I lived in a place where I could keep one. *sigh*

I noticed that there are some similarities with what I've read about cats, namely that they vocalize in various ways for our benefit as they rarely do so with each other unless they're angry or it's a mama cat communicating with her kittens. They also rely heavily on facial expressions, both with humans and amongst themselves. I'm going to watch my cats next time they're looking at me to see if they focus on the right side of my face.

I've passed the link on to several friends and put it on my FB page. You've helped me have a more enjoyable Saturday, and for that I thank you.

14 FreedomMoon  Sat, Nov 13, 2010 4:01:10pm

I want a pet fox, although I think it was a big moral mistake to breed a more vicious breed.

15 Daniel Ballard  Sat, Nov 13, 2010 6:57:09pm

Finest Dogumentary ever!

16 reine.de.tout  Sat, Nov 13, 2010 7:18:38pm

re: #14 tacuba14

I want a pet fox, although I think it was a big moral mistake to breed a more vicious breed.

Actually, I found that quite disturbing, as well.
I suppose they needed to do that as a counter to trying to breed the tame ones. But the sight of the vicious animals that part produced was very disturbing to me.

17 jaunte  Sat, Nov 13, 2010 7:21:11pm

re: #16 reine.de.tout

Definitely horror-movie material. "Dragons!"

18 FreedomMoon  Sat, Nov 13, 2010 7:28:03pm

re: #16 reine.de.tout

In science, ethics plays (or at least should always play) a big role in discovery and exploration. For example I am a firm believer in stem-cell research, however I would find it beyond abhorrent to clone a human being, just for kicks to see if we could. Sure we could find boat loads of information, but it's just wrong--as is breeding vicious animals.

19 Slumbering Behemoth Stinks  Sat, Nov 13, 2010 7:29:04pm

re: #11 CuriousLurker

That's it. I want a divorce.

Fair enough. I hope you lose the custody battle and are forced to take the cat.

20 CuriousLurker  Sat, Nov 13, 2010 7:48:54pm

re: #19 Slumbering Behemoth

Fair enough. I hope you lose the custody battle and are forced to take the cat.

See how you are?? Sheesh. I love cats. So there.

*sniffs, stomps towards exit, slams door on way out*

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