Why is it that humans feel compassion towards non-humans, such as animals? For me, the sight of an injured bird causes an emotional response, but I cannot explain what would cause it. From an evolutionary standpoint, I can't think what advantage compassion towards "prey" would bring for survival.

  • $\begingroup$ Not only humans have proved to have this ability, and not all humans have it. $\endgroup$ – Berit Larsen Mar 22 '16 at 11:11
  • $\begingroup$ See the literature on "mind perception" (e.g., Wegner, Gray). $\endgroup$ – mrt Mar 22 '16 at 21:43

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