RE: Sensory and sensibility

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    >From: "Scott Chase" <>
    >Subject: RE: Sensory and sensibility
    >Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 17:58:47 -0500
    >>From: <>
    >>Subject: RE: Sensory and sensibility
    >>Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 19:00:03 +0100
    >> > So I guess I'm saying it's the human on a cultural
    >> > level that decides what's cute, although the puppy may have evolved a
    >>set of
    >> > features at the gentic level that triggers the reaction. Thousands of
    >> > of a symbiotic relationship must have created some bonds on a deeper
    >>Btw, some punks around here have rats as pats. They have really
    >>close relationships to them letting them crawl around on their
    >Snakes are cute and cuddly. Ever think of getting a snake as a pet? Might
    >take care of the rat problems :-) When your friends ask what happened to
    >their rats, you could point to your fat and happy snake curled up in the
    >corner of its cage.
    >I had a pet snake which I used to hand feed fish. Watching it gulp fish out
    >of a glass bowl was even cooler, triggering its hunting insticts. Watching
    >it eat frogs was really cool. Amazing how those things can stretch their
    >jaws out to engulf something which looks impossibly large.
    >Geckos are cool, cute pets too, especially when they make their cute little
    >squeaky noises. The species which is asexual is fascinating. Yes asexual
    >(parthenogenic) reptiles exist.
    >I don't think I could keep a scorpion as a pet. Tarantulas are kinda neat
    >looking, but not my cup of tea. I don't know if I'd keep any more reptiles,
    >due to salmonella paranoia.
    What I can't figure out is why the cutest thing in San Diego these days is a
    Panda from China. We have no way of ever having developed a relationship
    with them and they don't even try to act cute. They just crawl around
    looking for food and acting self absorbed. They don't even react to the
    crowd at the zoo that is attracted by them. I guess it's the "hard-to-get"
    meme. Or maybe it's just that we learned as children to love teddy bears,
    which they seem to resemble. The Australian teddy bear, the Koala, also has
    a strong following.


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