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mouse



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2007 11:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dro wrote:
neat stuff about rats


wow - who knew "ratatouille" was a reality-based movie?

this is interesting. i wonder if it is something that can be explained purely mechanistically (if the rat has just gotten food, food must be plentiful, therefore it's ok to help fellow rats) - or if it suggests some emotion in rats.

i certainly see what appears very much like emotion or concern in my cats; certainly they can do a certain amount of reasoning - and rats are pretty clever critters. maybe with intellect (even just dawning intellect) comes compassion?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the link, Dro. I've only read about reciprocity mostly in terms of commensal breeding, I'm going to have to look up some of this research. Go go gadget journal search!
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