- Why did everyone start to hate the Russians if the U.S. did the same thing in Afghanistan, Iraq?
- What needs to be corrected in the management of Russia first?
- Why did Blaise Pascal become a religious man at the end of his life?
- How do I know if a guy likes you?
- When they say "one generation", how many do they mean?
People give strange answers to this question not in content, but in form. What's worse about me? The answer is that, among other things, there are some fun facts.
1) The full – face muzzle of a cat most closely resembles the face of a person-a child or a woman.�
2) Sympathy for kittens and adult cats is shared not only by humans, but also by other higher primates. Chimpanzees love to pet cats.
3) Domestic cats are infantile and highly conformal – you can take the cat and throw it from its favorite place, put the cat's bowl where you need it. At the same time, the cat quickly forgives insults and is generally a creature that, at first glance, is indifferent to human vanity. And all cat antics, such as the destroyed luggage of your beloved aunt or a torn sofa, are more likely perceived as cute pranks or whims. This also speaks in favor of the version about the perception of cats as children.
4) At the same time, cats live independently. You come home from work, and the cat has already been doing something all day, and meets you with curiosity, but with dignity. Her life does not stop when the cat disappears from your field of vision – on the contrary, all the most interesting things happen without your participation. And with you, the cat is just resting and, of course, could tell a lot if it could talk.
5) And cats, the only ones of all domestic mammals, try to talk. Cats make cool noises. Some even try to imitate human intonation and do it quite meaningfully. A smart cat quickly learns to meow plaintively or gently, it's a matter of survival. And the cat's interrogative “purrr?” when the cat meets your gaze-isn't it beautiful?
In short, cats are better at imitating (imitating?)other familiars. higher social activity of a person. And if a dog is perceived more as an intelligent animal, then a cat is perceived as not an ideal, but still a person. Something like that.
It would be necessary to say why this feeling is drawn specifically to seals? Why is the Internet bursting with photos of these particular animals? There are many more helpless and touching creatures around us!
The first reason. Cats are the most common pets, they are kept by everyone who needs a friend at home, but not as burdensome as a dog. EVOLUTIONARY MEANING: an interest in other animal species that no one else in nature has except humans. This is an attempt to understand YOURSELF through an animal. By the way, this question itself is caused by it.
The second reason. Cat lovers are much more sentimental than dog lovers, they value in their pets not social activity, but contemplation and feeling. Therefore, cats get a lot more care and gentle attention from the human race. EVOLUTIONARY MEANING: human sociality, unlike animals, is complex and “multi-storied”, so many people need a break from tense relationships that require increased attention.
The third reason (the simplest). The same imitative instinct that is inherent in all socially organized beings. After all, everyone loves cats, everyone is touched and admired, but what am I lagging behind? I emphasize: this is not just fashion, it is again an attempt to find something socially valuable in your own personality. EVOLUTIONARY MEANING: a person's interest in their own personality, which in principle animals do not have.
Man is a gregarious creature. His survival requires not only taking care of himself, but also taking care of his group, without which he simply will not survive. Taking care of the group is also taking care of other people's children (who are left without a mother). All this is regulated by deep biological mechanisms (which do not take into account that modern humans have consciousness and logical thinking in their arsenal). Roughly speaking, when we see something small and more or less similar to us , we have a biological desire to take care of it. We need this mechanism so that we don't accidentally kill our own children and the children of our relatives. Apparently, the detection algorithm is very inaccurate and this concern extends not only to human children, but also, to the heap, to everything that is approximately similar to our children. Hence the feeling of tenderness at the sight of small kittens and puppies. This doesn't make much evolutionary sense – it's a side effect (imperfection of the internal program). There is a version that people tamed wolves in this way. Adults were killed, but it was impossible to kill cubs, as they say. Then the cubs were breastfed by women…
Most likely, what we feel at the sight of kittens and puppies, some pack animals experience at the sight of small children (hence children fed by animals – Mowgli). The love of cats is probably due to the fact that there is less fuss with them (no need to walk, and they eat less dogs). As far as I remember, during my childhood, children still wanted to have a dog more…