It’s safe to say that human intimacy, at its best, surpasses that of any animal, even the most intelligent.
At a conference, says Miller, “I removed two parts from a mousetrap (leaving just the base, spring, and hammer), and used that 3-part device as a functional tie-clip.”
A study in PNAS has gotten tons of affectionate press, probably because puppies are so darned cute.
Corey Lee Wrenn argues that what is done to an animal should be judged in the same fashion as if the same thing were done to a human.
Their review pretty much completely misses the mark. Nonetheless, it is a good illustration of how sincere-yet-perplexed professional evolutionary biologists view the data.