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If we could communicate with our pets like other humans, would we have pets? watch

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    Do you think we'd own more pets or less? Do you think we'd view them differently?
    Assuming they have the same intelligence ect, we'd just understand them like we do with other people
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    I wouldn't. The fact my cat doesn't talk to me is perfect.

    With pets you get company and the presence of another sentient being but they don't mind you being on your phone and ignoring them, they don't constantly make inane conversation, and they don't judge you for your napping and eating habits.
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    (Original post by Freudian Slit)
    I wouldn't. The fact my cat doesn't talk to me is perfect.

    With pets you get company and the presence of another sentient being but they don't mind you being on your phone and ignoring them, they don't constantly make inane conversation, and they don't judge you for your napping and eating habits.
    You didn't understand my OP. They wouldn't behave any differently, you'd just be able to understand them like you would with a human.
    If your cat started judging you, it would've been doing so all along
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    (Original post by Freudian Slit)
    I wouldn't. The fact my cat doesn't talk to me is perfect.

    With pets you get company and the presence of another sentient being but they don't mind you being on your phone and ignoring them, they don't constantly make inane conversation, and they don't judge you for your napping and eating habits.
    Same!
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    nah we'd realise what spoiled ***holes they really are

    also lol:

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    I'm gonna get philosophical about this since we're on a philosophy thread.

    By "communicate" with your pet, I assume you mean using language, and not just understanding certain gestures and action (because in that respect we can already "communicate".) If pets had the mental capacity for language, they would essentially have the intelligence and self-awareness that makes humans "human". So they wouldn't be pets. Because we wouldn't keep our intellectual and genetic equals as pets. That is called slavery.
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    (Original post by Zargabaath)
    Do you think we'd own more pets or less? Do you think we'd view them differently?
    Assuming they have the same intelligence ect, we'd just understand them like we do with other people
    If our pets had the same intelligence as us they wouldn't be pets.

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    (Original post by EllaWelly)
    I'm gonna get philosophical about this since we're on a philosophy thread.

    By "communicate" with your pet, I assume you mean using language, and not just understanding certain gestures and action (because in that respect we can already "communicate".) If pets had the mental capacity for language, they would essentially have the intelligence and self-awareness that makes humans "human". So they wouldn't be pets. Because we wouldn't keep our intellectual and genetic equals as pets. That is called slavery.
    parrots use language :holmes:

 
 
 
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