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the liver and the brain

Lester Zick lesterDELzick at worldnet.att.net
Mon Sep 6 09:15:50 EST 2004


On Sun, 05 Sep 2004 20:17:51 -0400, Wolf Kirchmeir
<wwolfkir at sympatico.ca> in comp.ai.philosophy wrote:

>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.

And you've just as obviously never had a mother.

Regards - Lester



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