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December 09, 2005

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Having lived with animals all of my life (dogs and cats mostly)I can say without a doubt that animals are more intelligent than we give them credit for. They sense, they feel, and yes, the think. How or at what level? Who knows! But to say they're "lesser" because *we* don't understand their thought process seems pretty stupid to me. My wife's cousin once said in a conversation that, while dogs wer intelligent, he knew someone who "looked at a cow in the eye.....and there was *nothing*!" (laughs all around). I let it slide, but I too have looked a cow in the eye, and I saw fear. It was rather sad, being she had nothing to be afraid of with me, but I am human. Who knows what she had experienced before.

As far as things being connected, I believe they are. At the most basic, microscopic level, *everything* is made up of the same particles (protons, neutrons, electrons, quarks, etc.), just arranged in different ways. Is this a "spiritual" connection? Or merely a physical one? Once again, I don't know. Can it be eventually explained by science? I think it can be, we're just not there yet.

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