Losing a pet can be just as emotionally devastating as losing a loved one, and should be treated as such. Our brains are capable of forming strong emotional connections with non-human creatures, and the limited cognitive abilities and interactions of a pet can actually make those bonds stronger. Comforting contact is a priority when forming interpersonal bonds, and many pets such as cats and dogs can offer this. So, next time you encounter someone upset over the loss of a pet, resist the urge to say “just get a new one”, and understand that pets are not just property, but an emotionally meaningful part of someone’s life. Read full article here
Why Do Modern Pop Songs Have So Many Credited Writers?
The music industry has changed dramatically over the last few decades – with the number of songwriters credited on number one hits more than doubling. This is due to a combination of factors, including money, the computer and a changing definition of what songwriting is. For example, if The Beatles’ classic “I Feel Fine” was released today, it would likely have four writers credited instead of two, due to the influence of producers, samples and interpolations. With the rise of lawsuits, artists now preemptively add songwriter credits to their songs, even if the similarities between their song and the source material are coincidental. It all goes to show that the music industry is becoming more complex and competitive. Read full article here