culture-learned behavior & more tail-wagging

Janette Wilson (G1824303@NMSUVM1.BITNET)
Mon, 31 Jan 1994 19:50:02 EST

Erik Mueggler has an interesting opinion about animals participating in
human culture, albeit it limited. The particular example is a little wonky -
but I get the drift. (and my examples are certainly quite wonky) I don't
think I would accept this particular example of passing on learned behavior as
cultural, since nowhere is there mention here of intent. However, I have known
a housebroken bitch (no, not my dog) to housebreak her puppies. Some dogs
are really very bright. And that example, I think, would fit Erik's concept of
animals participating in human culture generationally (at least one generation)
I guess there are two points of discussion here: Is notion of intent important
to a def of culture? Does x-species cult. participation notion have merit?