Re: virus: but do they think?

James T. Martin (
Mon, 18 Mar 1996 22:19:54 -0700

At 10:44 PM 3/17/96 -0600, you wrote:
>Ronald Ferruci insists that since we can't prove that the animals can't
think it is quite possible that they might think.
>This is no different than saying that god exists because we can't prove
that he doesn't.
>I personally will continue thinking that the animals can't think until
someone proves me that they can.
>From all of the latest discoveries by animal behaviorist and other
zoological scientists, the question of wether or not SOME animals can think
in the human concept of that term, is mute. There are now quite a few
studies indicating this. Intelligence, like just about everything else, is a
continuum. It is not a black/white issue. All participants in the
discussions on this site would be advised to leave binary thinking at the
door before you enter. I think we all realize that many people MUST hold to
the concept that man is on a totally different plane than the animals. This
allows them to feel good about themselves and doesn't conflict with what
they learned in Sunday school. Understandable for past knowledge - but we're
in a new age now. The past is characterized with a destruction of the earth
- we must now understand new ideas in order to save it from ourselves.
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