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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Our Interest in Unlikely Animal Friendships Reveals Something Surprising About Humankind


YouTube/National Geographic Applying psychology to the topic of animal cuteness might seem like using a hammer on an egg. Can't we agree that something is adorable just because it is?

But as with beauty, cuteness is in the eye of the beholder, and arguments abound as to why (some) infants and (some) animals manage to be so endearing to the human observer.

"Pleasure is not something that natural selection doles out without a reason," writes evolutionary biologist David Barash for Aeon Magazine, "and we would expect that reason to be intimately connected with maximizing fitness."

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