Thursday, May 8, 2008

Defining Anthropomorphism...

"The word comes from the Greek, meaning "human form," and it was the ancient Greeks who first gave the practice a bad reputation. The philosopher Xenophanes objected to Homer's poetry because it treated Zeus and the other gods as if they were people. How could we be so arrogant, Xenophanes asked, as to think that the gods should look like us? If horses could draw pictures, he suggested mockingly, they would no doubt make their gods look like horses."

- Frans de Waal

("Juliet Paints a Big One" found at Painting Horse)

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