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April 10, 2008



Have you watched Werner Herzog's "Grizzly Man" about the 'bear activist' Timothy Treadwell, who ultimately got eaten, along with his girlfriend, by the creatures that he thought were his friends? It illustrates an extreme form of the anthropomorphising tendency.


I haven't seen the movie yet, though I keep hearing great things about it: what keeps me from actually watching it is that I fear watching this Treadwell guy's foolishness will have me so annoyed that by the end I'll be actively rooting for the bears to rip him apart.

The scary thing, though, is that with the media circus around first "Knut", and now "Flocke", and who knows what other animal down the road, the likelihood of another fatality a la Mr. Treadwell is probably very high. All it would take is one sentimental dope (of which there are so many), one slip of attention, and before you know it ...

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