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Posted by teepee on April 27, 2003 at 07:16:09:
In Reply to: lonely tortoise? posted by Country-girl3 on April 25, 2003 at 22:05:26:
If they didn't have feelings, they probably would not have preferences in the opposite sex. Since they do have preferences, I think there is more going on there than you might think. We often assume than any lower life form(if they really are lower) must surely not be as sophisticated as ourselves. Having been around animals my whole life and watching their behavior, I think they have emotions similar to ours. Emotion is intertwined with instinct, and the two shape and mold animals over time during the evolutionary process.
::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.
: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?