Seeing Human

Attributing human qualities to nonhuman entities

Saturday Morning with President Obama

I spent last Saturday morning with Barack Obama. And now that I have your attention, let me add that there were a few other people present - about 85,000 of them - because he delivered the 2010 Spring Commencement Address at the University of Michigan, the third sitting President of the United States to do so.

Dogs Don't Dance

Disney cartoons notwithstanding, very few animal species besides human beings dance - that is, move their bodies in synchrony with an external musical beat. The closest relatives of human beings, chimpanzees, don't dance. Cows and horses don't dance. Neither do aardvarks. Nor zebras. Cats don't dance.