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    Palindrome Member ClockHand's Avatar
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    If we take a person who have never seen a dog, to look at it I believe his last thought will be "cute". The same is for use looking at a non-human thing we see at first time.

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    I dunno dude, a lot of infants love household animals. They have features that humans find naturally attractive. Soft fur, for example. General friendliness. The same way infants love stuffed animals, even if they've never seen their real-life counterparts. Even though they look nothing like humans, they present a different set of likeable features.

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    People tend to think animals and such are cute because we're good at empathising, even if the thing we are looking at has no emotions. Even an inanimate object can be looked at by a human and thought of as having feelings and thoughts that we empathise with. So if there is a soft toy that looks to a human like it is smiling and has happy eyes humans will think it is cute and happy looking because they imagine it has those traits. An interesting thing to think about is that domesticated dogs have a much broader range of facial expression than wild wolves, supposedly to make them more endearing and engaging to humans.

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    Super Senior Member CypressDahlia's Avatar
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    That's also a good point.

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    Uncanney valley might also have something to do with it; The human brain is basically hardwired to find 'defective' traits in potential mates. A dog, cat or a monkey isn't human enough to set it off, but something almost human, like, say, a neanderthal, is.

    Anothering way of looking at it; Think about how a chibi character can look adorable, but if you actually saw a person that bug-eyed and malformed in real life, you'd probally be mentally scarred. They'd be too human. :p

    That's reg's two bits anyway.

    The dogs having broader range of expression thing, through... How did they even go about testing that? >_>
    Last edited by Regantor; 02-08-2012 at 11:35 AM.

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    I like to think that they got come wolves and showed them funny pictures.

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