anthropomorphism

‘The Kindly Robin’: a Victorian Christmas card portrays the robin as a ‘good’ bird, despite it being aggressive by nature, and quick to see off intruders

Dogs crave justice, while horses get embarrassed

28 October 2017 9:00 am

There was a time when biologists so scorned the attribution of human qualities to other animals that anthropomorphism was seen…

Adventures of a hell-cat in heaven

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Over the weekend I officiated at a funeral. Earlier in the morning there had been lowering rain clouds, but by…

How a grumpy llama became the third person in our relationship

14 May 2016 9:00 am

Gussie is the name of a grumpy and ill-natured llama, her coat largely white and somewhat unkempt, and much given…

Why a wolf’s place is not in the kitchen…

18 July 2015 9:00 am

The fad for owning animals from films is daft and damaging

The surer we are that machines can think, the less sure we'll be about people

23 August 2014 9:00 am

Having written (for a Times diary) a few sentences about consciousness in robots, I settled back to study readers’ responses…