“Nonhuman animals are amazing beings. Daily we’re learning more and more about their fascinating cognitive abilities, emotional capacities and moral lives.” – Dr. Mark Bekoff
One of the most complex and integral emotions is empathy, the ability to understand and share the feelings of those around us. Humans display empathy toward other humans and animals alike. Do animals do the same? Research points to yes.
https://online.uwa.edu/news/empathy-in-animals/#:~:text=Animals display empathy toward humans,harm at their own expense.
Just as empathy is vital for human relations, so too could empathy be critical for other social animals, and there is a compelling body of behavioral research to support this.
“Pets show love by being excited to see us, by greeting us, by vocalizing in ways that show us they’re excited to see us, by spending time with us and seeking us out to be with us,” said Margaret Gruen, an assistant professor of behavioral medicine in NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
ElCid said:Again this is stup!d. You confuse instinct by anthropomorphizing the behavior of animals. How can animals display "love" when you say it's just chemical reactions? Only people are capable of rational thought and emotion. So you're no better than AN ANIMAL based on your own reckoning that is why it really really sucks to be you logitext.logitext said:Will? Love and empathy is based on free will?
Animals display love and empathy. Do they have free will?
To love you need freedom to choose. It is not love when it is chemically induced - it is drugs. It is stup!d reasoning on your part. So when you told your wife you love her and when you said I DO - it was just the chemicals and it is no different from the love of rat to another rat. It really sucks to be you logitext
On the other hand, animals are without spiritual capacities of intellect and free will.
So who's being stupid here: you, your church or science? I'd rather believes its just you, Amigo.
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