Wednesday, December 10, 2008

A Theory of Justice

My ape and Gus's ape spend a lot of time reading and writing about ethics which is quite silly because, as the news has been reporting, dogs have fairness entirely figured out.

Scientists in Austria report in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that a dog may stop obeying a command if it sees that another dog is getting a better deal.

In this way dogs may be showing a sensitivity that is similar to, although perhaps more primitive than, that shown by chimpanzees and some monkeys. Until now those primates were the only nonhumans to show what is called “inequity aversion” in the absence of a reward.

Fairness? Sorted. I can haz tenure now?


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Blogger NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

When will the apes learn
THAT we try to teach them all they need to know?


8:50 AM  
Blogger Patience-please said...

Walleye!!! You re the very embodiment of tenure!!!

wags from the whippets

9:15 AM  
Blogger Sunny,Scooter, (sometimes Jamie) said...

Wally, Not only should you have tenure, I think you are needed in Chicago, IL to take over as governor.

11:04 AM  
Blogger Randi said...

Tenure granted...

Now one to more important if you are gonna continue this experiment at your tenure dinner celebration & share your prime rib with Ethel & Oscar BS Teen...that's what I'm waiting for.

love & licks,

12:10 PM  
Blogger Joe Stains said...

Thank Dog Tanner is too dense to figure out that I do NOT perform tricks while he is sitting, doing down, shaking, etc. I just look hungry, that is my trick.

2:58 PM  
Blogger Gus said...

Sharing is not related to "fairness" or "justice." Sharing is a hooman concept, dogs only share as payment for a just debt or obligation, or, but less often, in anticipation of a favor which would result in a just debt or obligation.

In contrast, hoomans are forced to share through guilt or perceived obligation, which is discrete from a just debt.

Now, if only our apes could get a start on publishing this one, we'd be in knuckle bones for ever.


3:30 PM  
Blogger Princess Patches said...

Of course, you can have tenure now, Wally! Sometimes we quit doing simple commands just as a test! Either that or it's because we are TERRIERS! We just keep on testing the hoomans!

Poppy, Penny & Patches

8:55 AM  
Blogger Simba and Jazzi said...

All humans need to do is spend more time with dogs.

Simba x

10:08 AM  
Blogger Moco said...

Ethics-sorely lacking now a days. We could have told them years ago that dogs have it all under control. For sure we hae more commn sense.

1:35 PM  
Blogger Katy said...

Hey Wally!

Tenure rocks, you totally deserve it, man.

So come check my blog out sometime. I'm just getting started, so I'll have more pics and posts up, soon :)

1:45 PM  
Blogger Marvin -The Hollow Hound said...

Wally - you are the most perfect example of Dog Wisdom.

I bow to your superior and yet magical knowledge!

Do you know any pup or hooman who needs loose poopsicals, I can aim my problem poops to all and sundry, just give me an address and the person or pooch will receive my "ahem" admiration or whatever!

Many licks to my wise friend,

Marvin of the Loose Poops Syndrome

4:59 PM  
Blogger Mack said...

Humans could learn a lot from us. I hope your ticker is doing better.

6:26 PM  
Blogger Emily and Ike said...

Maybe I should stop doing tricks because of all the unfairness in my house!

4:20 PM  
Blogger Princess, Tank and Isaac: The Newfs of Hazard said...

Tenure is boring. Think of the excitement of not knowing where you'll work next year. You wouldn't want to miss the chance of being hired by the University of Central Mississippi, would you?

5:45 PM  
Blogger Biggie-Z said...

Hi Wally, I finally decided to amble to your dog blog! My Momma was interested in this story because she always makes me work for my treats but sometimes there are other dogs around who don't have to work.

She also always wants new people to make me work for a treat, doesn't she see that if I don't scare them, that's working??

going to snuffle around here a bit,

11:29 AM  
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10:41 AM  
Blogger Randi said...

Hey Wally...I miss your ticker doing OK? I'm getting worried...

Love & Licks,
& Healing Ticker Vibrations...

11:23 AM  

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