RE: future pets

ChuckKuecker (
Tue, 21 Apr 1998 16:43:11 -0500 (CDT)

At 08:31 4/21/98 -0700, you wrote:
>These are common myths and have been dispelled by animal
>behaviorists. Many animals have been observed killing for reasons
>other than food, defense, or territory including:
>Numerous primates (man,chimp,baboon)
>Members of the cat family (lions,tigers, etc)
>Members of the Bear family
>Members of the dog family (wolfs, coyotes, and worst of all feral
>killer whales (Orca Orcannis)(sp?)
>snakes, especially members of the mamba.
>These are just the ones I remember off the top of my head. In many
>cases the observers concluded these animals killed solely to kill.
>This of course does not mean all of the species, all of the time.
>Member, Extropy Institute

This discussion of animal behavior makes me wonder just how anthropomorphic
our studies of animal behavior are. All the studies I have seen are opinions
of WHY the animal does what it does, and these opinions are of human origin...

This is the closest we are going to get to learning to communicate with an
alien species, until we actually get a first least the animals
share the same basic environment with us..

Chuck Kuecker