In Reply to: lonely tortoise? posted by Tim Madsen on April 25, 2003 at 21:21:30:
:What you are doing is called anthropomorphism, it's a common malady of pet owners. There have been many studies on the brain function of lower animal such as reptiles. Although tortoises may feel pain there brains are not capable of the higher functions that would cause them to need companionship. You have a computer you can research it yourself. :Tim
Research would be the most obviously assumable thing to do, but who is to say that those who supposedly researched this lower form of intelligence are intelligent enough to understand if torts have feelings of happiness, loneliness, pain, hunger etc. or if these are just the natural human thoughts of lower species?