Do you talk to animals? And why is this useful?
Many people talk with their pets: some are alone, while others are not embarrassed by this "in public." But some owners hesitate to talk to animals, believing that this is "abnormal." Is it normal to talk to animals?
Why is it useful for people to talk to animals?
Scientists answer the question “is it normal to talk with animals?”: “Yes, normal. And even ... useful! ” Moreover: the fact that you are talking with a cat, dog, horse or guinea pig as a person is a sign of your high intelligence.
Nicholas Epley, a professor at the University of Chicago, believes that it is high intelligence that allows us to find human traits in animals, and therefore, communicate with them like with other people. And experiments have shown that people with a high level of intelligence often talk with animals.
Scientists have come to the conclusion that the desire to give names to other creatures (and even inanimate objects) and communicate with them is an evolutionary feature of man that allows us to distinguish between friends and enemies.
So do not be embarrassed if you are talking with a dog for a walk or persuading a cat to behave “humanly”. The only thing - in communicating with the pet, do not forget, nevertheless, that they are not people, and do not demand from them the impossible.
Why is it useful for animals when people talk to them, and is meaningful communication with pets possible?
The answer to the first question is obvious. The animals they talk to learn to better understand people and even recognize the meaning of specific words. Of course, dogs were especially successful in this. This ability developed in the process of domestication - the wild relatives of our pets, alas, do not possess such abilities.
But dogs are not the only ones to talk to. For example, horses often understand very well what their owners want.
And applications have even appeared on the Internet, thanks to which you can turn human speech (though only in English so far) into meow. True, the question of whether it is possible to communicate purr meaningfully in this way still remains open, since there is no scientific confirmation of the value of such inventions.
Nevertheless, the inventors continue to make attempts to establish a dialogue with animals. For example, Google announced the creation of an application where there is a menu with the names of animals (duck, turtle, horse, pig, donkey, etc.) Thanks to this application, you can record the "speech" of animals and then translate it. However, later the developers admitted that this is just an April Fools' joke.
But who knows - maybe in the future we will have new opportunities - including the possibility of a full dialogue with your favorites? After all, all these inventions accurately testify to our desire to communicate with them.