Higgs Comments on Pro-anthropomorphism Piece in the New York Times

Higgs here. My human and I both enjoyed this piece in Sunday’s New York Times by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers. The authors tell of animals that suffer everything from breast cancer to depression to self-harm. I myself suffered from allergies but have received excellent treatment from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.
IMHO this is the best paragraph in the whole piece:


My medical education included stern warnings against the tantalizing pull to anthropomorphize. In those days, noticing pain or sadness on the face of an animal was criticized as projection, fantasy, or sloppy sentimentality. But scientific advancements of the past two decades suggest that we should adopt an updated perspective. Seeing too much of ourselves in other animals might not be the problem we think it is. Underappreciating our own animal natures may be the greater limitation.

Right on humans! This might be considered evolutionary medicine. Don’t feel bad that it took you so long to figure it out. Cats, too, have trouble accepting our place in that bushy tree of life, since we possesses so many extraordinary qualities. (Some cats continue to doubt that we share a common ancestor with dogs.) But Darwin was right. We’re all animals and there’s much we can learn from one another. Thanks for letting me express my views - Higgs.

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