posted on Jun, 30 2011 @ 04:45 PM
Originally posted by Forevers End
but communication in general is something that i think animals have down .
Same as my sentiments on this every time it comes up. As usual we humans tend to think we do the best and hence anything that isnt like what we do is
inferior or somehow non existant in others, even our flaunted facial expressions... I mean heck even a spider can be expressive it just doesnt use its
face, cuttle fish use their entire bodies pigments to express. Why is our or primates rubbery faces somehow special?.. they arent.
As a cat owner with over 30 years experience with them (theres never been a time in my life i haven't been in constant contact with at least 2 cats or
some form of animal) where a human is say 90% verbal language and 10% body language most animals are the reverse of that and often the body langauge
is so subtle or in a form (such as scents) we humans can never understand or register it.
To watch two of my cats one sitting and the other walking by it and seeing the sitting one suddenly become nervous of the other or even out right
hissing at them yet on another occasion an hour latter in the exact same situation they ignore each other shows there has to be something going on im
not noticing. Occasionally you spot a slight drop in the ears, or a minor change in posture but for all intensive purposes its as uninterpretable as
telepathy. Hearing a cat from outside making a specific chirping noise and seeing 5 or 6 others suddenly jump up and rush outside to investigate 'the
kill' often before we humans can hear it is language. Two cats, years apart in age running and chirping to each other in and out of hiding through the
exotic grasses in the garden is language. A cat rolling on its back and sliding along the floor arms out stretch eyes wide towards another cat that
elicits a play response from the other is language... they all do it and they for the most part get the same responses back from each other. Its
language jim but not as we (the laymen and those who dont wish to see it) typically know it.
Everything talks... we just cant, will never be able to or simply refuse to listen or acknowledge this fact.
Id go so far as also to say even Plants talk, although their language is one done on a scale of time to large for us to really grasp without alot of
effort. Even the simple chemical exchanges between bacteria is language... although for me ive always believed this since childhood and its often hard
to think a good deal dont.
Originally posted by Wraithen
And another thing, they've not been mentioned in the post, but what's the biologial mechanism that makes a gene dominant over another gene, again my
teachers just repeat 'The dominant is more useful', that's obvious in most cases, but HOW does it become dominant? not why. *glares at TheCat*
Dominant genes can express with only half of it present, a recessive requires there to be both halves to work, its the old red head gene example. A
brunette with say BB is brunette while a rr is redhead, a Br is also a brunette but carries the red head gene the B is dominant because even with just
one half of the brunette gene they will always turn out brunette over redhead hence the redhead gene is recessive and the brunette dominate. Why? i
sort of know but cant really write it properly ive seen it explained in a National Geographic where the gene for neck vertebra numbers and from while
the same in all animals, expresses in different results depending on what animals species your looking at and what other genes they have. I guess Br
is similar enough to BB that the body just goes with B while rr flips the switch enough (obviously). Hmm that didnt help i guess...
But hey i only did up to final year highschool biology so my knowledge is somewhat limited and rusty given how long ago that was
edit on 30-6-2011 by BigfootNZ because: meh