The Linguistic Genius of Prairie Dogs

A nice article showing that the one of the most uniquely human aspect of our existence – language – is actually a capacity that much “lower” animals possess as well, and may be even more adept than us at using. Apparently, prairie dogs are not only capable of verbalizing sentences with just about the same … Read more The Linguistic Genius of Prairie Dogs

Insects can feel both acute and chronic pain, can even develop insect-PTSD

Not many readers of this blog know it, but to this day surgery on babies or other painful procedures is often performed without anesthesia. The rationale for this horrific torture is that the nervous system of babies is not developed yet, so they don’t feel pain. It takes a special kind of sociopath to make … Read more Insects can feel both acute and chronic pain, can even develop insect-PTSD

Rats react the same way to observing pain in others as if they experience it themselves

So much for animals lacking empathy, or being “selfish machines” as famously coined by that sociopath Richard Dawkins. It never seizes to amaze how people like him who are so opposed to the idea of altruism keep arguing that their ideas are not anti-social at all and are perfectly compatible with large numbers of people … Read more Rats react the same way to observing pain in others as if they experience it themselves