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January 27, 2014

Dogs Are Not People

Callie, Gregory Berns's dog and test subject, practices sitting still in a model MRI scanner.

In the highly abnormal conditions of the MRI scanner—noise and constraint—Berns wants to prove that something that counts as “intelligence” is part of a dog’s everyday life.
Callie, his black terrier mix (also known as a feist), is eager to be part of the experiment: standing ready for her head to be wrapped, ears muffed, she walks into the coil of the MRI scanner and puts her head on the chin rest. She learns to trot up the stairs into the magnet and assume “the sphinx position in the head coil.” - - Boston Review

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 27, 2014 10:51 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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From the review:

Unable to work with Buster and apparently unwilling to put him in the hands of a competent trainer, she kills the dog, the dog she loved, the dog that alienated her friends, threatened her son, and terrified her mother. We do not know right off that a dog is the subject: “He was volatile, unpredictable. But I felt responsible for him. And, against all odds, I loved him.”

Schine’s woes, fits, and obsessions are projected onto Buster.

I can't imagine why her husband divorced. If ever there was a dog who needed a good lawyer, it was Buster.

Posted by: mushroom at January 28, 2014 7:18 AM

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