Date: Wed, 04 Sep 2002 08:56:56 -0500 From: "Charles Reed"
Subject: Re: (urth) Those chems Dan'l Danehy-Oakes wrote: > . . . Take two animals descended from a common ancestor as relatively > recently as us and a squirrel, cat, or (especially) chimp, and > demonstrate (as is easily done) not only that they behave similarly > under circumstances we would describe using emotional words, but (more > difficult but it has been done) that the same regions of the brain are > firing -- for emotions do _not_ fire primarily in the uniquely human > areas of the cortex but in the deeper and older regions of the brain, > shared with our fellow vertibrates -- _and_ that similar chemicals > flood their systems at those times -- demonstrate all this, I say, and > a claim that they do _not_ experience something very close to our > emotions is not a least hypothesis at all, at all, but a highly > motivated claim intended to make it okay to treat animals as we far > too often do. This is off-topic and trivial beyond belief, but I'd just like to express my admiration for the above sentence. My seventh-grade English teacher would love to see it diagrammed. :-) Charles --