Empathy Outside the Species
August 26, 2010 7:09 AM Subscribe
Why do species feel empathy and aesthetic attraction (non-sexual) toward members of other species?
posted by outlandishmarxist to science & nature (19 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I've read a bit on empathy, but I'm very much a novice on this topic. I was having a discussion though, and suddenly it struck me as odd that species - not just humans; there's a story I saw about a chimpanzee and a dog, for instance - would develop empathy with other species to the point of forming intense bonds with those species. We even have empathy toward predatory species (when we're not being hunted by them) - we find tigers and panthers attractive. Any good explanations?
Related to this: why do we find things cute?