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the liver and the brain

Wolf Kirchmeir wwolfkir at sympatico.ca
Sun Sep 5 19:17:51 EST 2004


Lester Zick wrote:

> On 5 Sep 2004 10:11:48 -0700, feedbackdroids at yahoo.com (dan michaels)
> in comp.ai.philosophy wrote:
[...]
>>In case you didn't understand quite what I was getting at ... how does
>>the new-born baby zebra know what its mother is?
> 
> 
> I don't think it knows what its mother is. But don't forget the
> problem is bidirectional. The mother is also figuring out who its
> offspring is and if bound to its offspring through maternal instinct
> provides offspring with considerable help knowing who its mother is.
> I think an offspring knows where its food comes from, who licks it,
> cleans it up, who's looking after it. Maybe there's something more to
> mother-offspring bonding, possibly genetic or an instinctive bond of
> some kind that isn't obvious. But I doubt there's comparable
> instinctive knowledge of what lions are. If a precocial offspring can
> figure out who its mother is and vice versa, chances are it can avoid
> considerably more danger following its mother than trying to know the
> myriad potential predators and dangers in objective terms and trying
> to avoid them individually and collectively. It's a question of
> numbers in addition to subjective knowledge of mother-offspring bonds.
> 
> Regards - Lester

You've obviously never lived on a farm.

"Subjective knowledge of mother-offspring bonds" indeed! ROTFL.




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