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Posted By:PK
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2008-03-17 05:54:05
Behold the hippopatamus, We laugh at how he looks to us, And yet in moments dank and grim, I wonder how we look to him. Peace, peace, thou hippopotamus, We really look alright to us, As you no doubt delight the eye, Of other hippopotami... Ogden Nash
2008-02-05 06:04:13
"Hideous" to us humans is often simply what we have not had much contact with/ is unusual. The further away an organism's environmental pressures are from ours, the more likely we will consider it ugly. It's really quite difficult to address your question because it's very generalized, but I will say that there is no such thing as an universal "abstract animal reasoning" ability among all animals (which is what you imply). There's no objective standard for anything like that. However, sighted animals ARE definitely judging whether (at least) individuals from their own species are "pretty" or not. It's called sexual selection. However, what each species considers attractive varies widely, depending on their environmental pressures. And you also have to remember that sometimes the flashy colors or whatnot are in order to deter (other) sighted animals, or to blend in (like in coral reefs), etc. There really is no simple answer for your question :P
2008-02-05 04:13:12
i just wonder... most of the blind creatures are, hmm, hideous. does it mean that sighted animals are able to judge what's "pretty" or what's not? and if so, could it be a proof of animal abstract reasoning?