Mind in the Lower Animals, in Health and Disease Volume 1

Mind in the Lower Animals, in Health and Disease Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...on his belief that other animals have not the sensitiveness of man, that they do not even feel physical pain. It is, therefore, of the utmost importance to show that the lower animals, like man himself, are sensitive--frequently highly or morbidly so--to impressions or influences that are either--1. Simply physical. 2. Purely moral or mental; or 3. Conjointly physical and psychical. Of such influences, the most important in reference to our present subject are those that are mainly or exclusively psychical. They include, however, so long and varied a category that it is only possible and proper to give illustrations of their character and of their modus operandi. Sensitiveness to mental or moral influences occurs in many animals in whom it would certainly not be looked for by those ignorant of the true characters or capabilities of the lower animals. Thus Pierquin mentions a tame wolf that felt much its mistress's absence--to such a degree, indeed, that it refused food, while at or on her return it exhibited an ecstasy of joy so intense that it proved fatal. Houzeau, too, has cited a case of the death of the wolf from grief. In the dog and elephant especially, all sorts of ridicule, including sarcasm or satire, are keenly felt and often dan gerously resented: they have the same kind of dislike that, the human child has of being laughed at, of being made a fool or butt of, for instance, in or by the practical jokes of man. The siamang is indignant under ridicule (Cassell). Of one of his fighting dogs Berkeley says, 'Nothing hurt him more than to pretend to laugh at him.' Of a Skye-terrier, Romanes says, 'Nothing that could happen displeased him so much as being laughed at, when he did not intend to be ridiculous: ' for dogs and other animals...show more

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  • Paperback | 204 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 372g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236554078
  • 9781236554079