Do you talk to your pet? It’s a sign of intelligence!
That’s according to a new study from the University of Chicago and behavioral scientist Nicholas Epley. He found that talking with pets is one of the many ways humans try to anthropomorphize them, which means we ascribe human qualities to them. And that impulse to give animals human characteristics is a way of using our intelligence. It’s one of the ways we differ from other creatures on earth. No other species does it.
Unfortunately, the study found, as people get older, they talk less to their pets because they’re afraid of …read more