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Topic: Anthropomorphism

Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human characteristics or behaviors to non-human entities, such as animals, plants, or objects.

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The podcast episodes provided explore the concept of anthropomorphism from various angles, including its role in human cognition, its applications in media and storytelling, and its ethical implications.

Several episodes highlight how anthropomorphism can lead to the attribution of human-like agency, emotions, and personality to non-human entities, such as animals 'Animal,' Episode 5: Wolves, AI systems Can Robots Feel? Exploring AI Emotionality with Marvin from Hitchhiker's Guide, and even plants If Plants Could Talk.

The episodes also touch on the potential benefits and drawbacks of anthropomorphism, as well as the need to acknowledge and mitigate cognitive biases that may arise from this tendency.

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