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The human tendency to anthropomorphise means we miss out on animals' real feelings and needs, with the result that we often provide them with inappropriate housing and medical care. ... For example, most species only seem capable of thinking in the present, and cannot think about past or future events. Similarly, few animals appear to be self-aware, or aware that other creatures are sentient. ... As an example, he cites the scenario of a...


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The urge to anthropomorphise our computers and software can be irresistible, especially when systems run slow, or are difficult to manage.


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