No, and no. But I like to think-- within the limits of his brain-- he shows great affection.<quoted text>
.. a cat lover! Most excellent ..
.. do you believe your cat loves you or do you have faith that your cat loves you because (s)he's a mammal ??..
In a human, his actions would be associated with love. But he's a cat, and will always be framed by his cat instincts, which are stronger than his intellect.
That's one of the principle differences between humans and other mammals-- yes, humans have instincts, but they are very, very low-key, most are subconscious urges.
And any human has the capacity to go against his or her instinctive drives, if given sufficient motivation.
What is interesting with humans, though-- is that they also possess many subconscious urges that are *not* instinctive, but are instilled by the very culture they were raised in as a child.
It is very difficult to separate the actual, DNA-created instincts, and the culturally generated ones (if the latter can even be called such).
But, no matter how much my cat may wish to, he cannot overcome his instinctive behaviors. Many similar animal studies have confirmed this, in cats and other animals.
Humans appear to be singular in this ability-- to overcome our own innate natures.
Well, yes-- it's much easier to use the same adjective to describe the similar behaviors in humans and their close animal companions... we really don't know if our pets love us, we just enjoy thinking they do ..
Faith/belief, what's the difference? I see none. Both are irrational, if based on nothing (i.e all religious faith/belief)... you may say the same concept applies to someone who believes in God ..
.. so, is it faith or belief ??..
But I do not excuse people who choose the lazy way out, "goddidit" to "explain" the inexplicable.
That's just a lazy dodge-- and explains exactly nothing.
I would much rather go and **see** rather than mind-numbingly accept "goddidit".
People who discovered how the universe worked? Were **never** content to blindly accept "goddidit".