Dr. Gregory Berns, 53, a neuroscientist at Emory University in Atlanta, spends his days scanning the brains of dogs, trying to figure out what they’re thinking. The research is detailed in a new book, “What It’s Like to Be a Dog”.
Among the findings: Your dog may really love you for you — not for your food.
But is this a valid conclusion? When the scientist was asked “Do dogs love us more than food? How did you test for that?” this is what he replied…
“We did an experiment where we gave them hot dogs some of the time and praise some of the time. When we compared their responses and looked at the rewards center of their brains, the vast number of dogs responded to praise and food equally. Now, about 20 percent had stronger responses to praise than to food. From that, we conclude that the vast majority of dogs love us at least as much as food. Another thing that we’ve learned by showing pictures of objects and people to the dogs is that they have dedicated parts of their brain for processing faces. So dogs are in many ways wired to process faces.” (1)
We see what we want to see.
And we want many things.
We want people (and dogs) to love us.
But it is only for us that we know.
It is only for us that we are responsible.
Only I exist for Me.
I love you.
Do you? I don’t know.
And I don’t care.
Because I love you.
I am you.
Even if we are apart.
We will always be together…
No I don’t want a carbonara!