woensdag 6 juni 2012
Emotions and Animals
According to doctor Bermond from the university of Amsterdam, most animals have a 'non-reflective consciousness, a consciousness without past or future. They experience only the here and now. And because an animal cannot reflect on his experiences and cannot imagine. He has no feelings and cannot suffer, is his reasoning.
"If a human loses a child, a intense grief and suffering is followed. This is because one can imagine what life was like when the child was alive, or how empty the future would be without him. Our consciousness ensures that long after the emotional moment of the event is behind us, we can continue to experience those feelings. If a lioness her young is murdered by the new alpha male, she experiences no depression, and does not mourn the event. After several days, she even mates with the same alpha male who has killed her young. "(Neut, 2005)
We humans experience emotions more complex because our prefrontal cortex is the most developed. The prefrontal cortex is responsible for regulating and inhibiting emotions, but also allows us the opportunity to relativize and to fantasize. Furthermore, emotion is a snapshot in which man perceived reality compares with its desires, but that snapshot, we can always relive because we have the brain power to look forward and backward.
Sorry for the peeps who liked to see some art, ill post something tomorrow :)