Return to the Sad Man

Recently, I was in Montreal and luckily I had my camera when I stumbled onto this sculpture again. This time, I got to see it at night! Then later, I found him a “friend.”
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3 Responses to “Return to the Sad Man”

  1. October 23, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    My ability to anthropomorphize the statute along with you (co-anthropomorphize?) kind of scares me a little. It reminds me of my Cultures of Technology class when the CS department loaned us an Aibo. Immediately we marked it gendered as male and attributed emotions and motivations to it, as if it had true artificial intelligence, which, of course it did not.

    Do you think the tendency to anthropomorphize is an evolved characteristic that grants humanity some sort of benefit, perhaps the ability to domesticate animals better?

  2. 2 anthrovlog
    October 25, 2009 at 5:57 am

    That’s actually a fascinating question that I would love to see some research on!

  3. August 6, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    I am not sure that we are so special in this ability. Basically we see the other as a form of human in ascribing human emotions to it. Do cats and dogs not do something similar? Do they felinomorphize? I am sure my cats think I am a another cat.

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