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Film, music videos, photographs, fashion shows, and body building, to name just a familiar few, were declared texts, readable using methods not so dissimilar from those associated with reading poetry or fiction. The second poststructuralist theorem about textuality was that there is nothing outside the text, which is usually interpreted as meaning that we have no access to the real per se but only to its representations. Just as signs are not the things themselves—the map is not the territory—texts do not refer outside or beyond themselves to the world at large.

Kennedy and Budiansky get themselves into something of a pickle here. On the one hand they are both inclined to suggest that the predisposition to anthropomorphize is ‘hardwired’ (genetically determined). Kennedy even calls it “human nature” (p. 155). On the other, though, they are both of the opinion that we should try our damnedest to transcend this decidedly unscientific inclination (see Kennedy pp. 160–68 and especially Budiansky pp. 192–94). They are rather vague as to precisely how we might engage in this literally superhuman overcoming, however, a point that the primatologist Frans de Waal delights in pointing out (de Waal 2001, p.

24). 11 Pfungst actually constructed an elaborate instrument to amplify the questioner’s head movements and measure their respiration (Rosenthal, in Pfungst, p. xii). 18 tom tyler alike blinded them to his truly impressive talents. Hans was ‘clever’, after his own fashion, and the error had been to characterise his abilities in terms of human faculties. The objections to anthropomorphism which argue that it demeans either human or animal suggest, then, that significant differences between the two are being ignored.

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