Medical Daily: “Attributing human-like characteristics to objects and creatures that are not humans, called anthropomorphising, is a natural byproduct of mankind’s intelligence that makes humans so uniquely smart, Epley told Quartz in a recent article. According to Epley, who Quartz described as “arguably the world’s foremost anthropomorphism expert,” humans are the only species that anthropomorphize, and the reason we do this is because our advanced intelligence allows us to recognize and find faces everywhere, even where they may not exactly exist.”
Epley is a professor of behavioural science at the University of Chicago: “Historically anthropomorphizing has been treated as a sign of childishness or stupidity but it’s actually a natural byproduct of the tendency that makes humans uniquely smart on this planet. No other species has this tendency.”
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