"I absolutely think it is possible. I feel that I love animals more than humans. I get sick to my stomach and feel such pain when I see an animal that has suffered, even if it is just a photograph on a website."
"[...]If more people were as loyal and loving as my dog the world would be a better place[...]
Well you know, religion tried to instigate "loving" and "loyalty" but one couldn't say it was a resounding…"
"The response is biological but the instigation emotion is totally intellectual
I think I misread you a bit, because you did say that the response was biological, which was what I was emphasizing too.
But a debate on the semantics of…"
"There's plenty of evidence to the contrary... one can affect emotions through thought processes, it is the entire basis for counselling people who suffer from various "emotional' problems, doing 'happy' things can actually…"
"Yes indeed emotional responses can be quite physically disabling
Yes, but don't take my example (of fear) to mean that I only meant to imply that they were disabling. I was just choosing one in order to describe the physical reactions.…"
"Yes indeed emotional responses can be quite physically disabling, but you forget to mention that a majority of emotions which lead to physical emotional responses are actually 'intellectual' emotions. Some people puke when they see blood,…"
This question has been going through my mind of late. Case in point: I regularly listen to the news and am absolutely appalled to hear of animal abuse stories whereby innocent animals suffer and die at the hands of their supposed protectors. I would feel such anger at the perpetrators, and consequently break out in tears. However, if I should hear, for example, a horrific story of a family dying in a house fire, yes, I would feel sorrow over such a tragedy but it would not be of the same…See More
"Because saving an animal is easy, saving humanity is such a grand task ;p So we take the easy path. The 'system' we live in is one of domination of the few rich over the many poor. To make little children not starve one has to…"
"In early humanity we kept certain animals to help in the hunt and later on they became status symbols. It's only the last few centuries that pets have come about. Pets "just for the fun of it" is a completely modern societal concept.…"
"When I came across your post it caught my eye right away. I'm 62, male and retired. But I totally agree with you about animals. Having been through two divorces, a ten year relationship and several other shorter ones, I've come to the…"
""what exactly is the biological benefit for these emotions?"
Perhaps that we don't kill and eat those animals that are beneficial to us? Dogs, sheep, cats, goats, rabbits etc. can be useful for humans up until the time where we…"
"Glad I found this question because I wanted to ask another one:
Why do humans really love other species so much?
My hypothesis is it says more about us and our brains than on biology as a whole, but I still think it's mighty interesting.