22nd September 2017

“You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion… Dogs do not ritually urinate in the hope of persuading heaven to do the same and send down rain. Asses do not bray a liturgy to cloudless skies. Nor do cats attempt, by abstinence from cat's meat, to wheedle the feline spirits into benevolence. Only man behaves with such gratuitous folly. It is the price he has to pay for being intelligent but not, as yet, quite intelligent enough.”

Aldous Huxley1894 – 1963

2 Responses to “22nd September 2017”

  1. Black Knight No. 3 Says:

    Whilst I understand the point Mr. Huxley is making it isn’t correct as shown by Skinner’s superstitious pigeon experiment:
    http://psychclassics.yorku.ca/Skinner/Pigeon/

  2. Valkyrie Ziege Says:

    ; Oh! Please! That isn’t “superstition”, those are the responses of captive animals dependent on food from their captor.