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andyjackson1828 Donating Member (86 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-29-04 03:36 PM
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Does My Cat Have Free Will?
Does My Cat Have Free Will?

Or are all of his reactions, predetermined by the laws of phyiscs?

Would it be sad, if he doesn't have free will?

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DenverDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-29-04 03:38 PM
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1. Free will, unquestionably.
Edited on Tue Jun-29-04 03:39 PM by DenverDem
Having lived with five cats for eleven years, I know they not only have free will, and distinct personalities, but a lot of wisdom, as well.
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Jack_DeLeon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-29-04 03:40 PM
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2. Ummm...
why wouldnt your cat have free will?
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Kurt Remarque Donating Member (709 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-29-04 03:40 PM
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3. my cat is searching spinoza for the answer
he'll get back to you on it
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benburch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-29-04 03:41 PM
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4. If the cat doesn't
then neither do any of us.
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-29-04 03:42 PM
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5. He has free will to post in the Lounge. nt
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geek tragedy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-29-04 03:42 PM
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6. Do you really own a cat?

;-)
Cats unquestionably have free will. Humans exist to serve them. The only thing that counts is what the cat wants. Cats have free will--everything else is subservient.

They call it "catitude" for a reason.
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jedicord Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-29-04 03:42 PM
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7. Free Will
We used to think my youngest cat, while the cutest cat I've ever seen, was not too bright. It finally occurred to me that he has sucked up to my husband so much that he is the only cat my husband tolerates. THAT ain't stupid.
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maxsolomon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-29-04 03:42 PM
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8. cats do, but dogs use their masters'
what ever you want is what they want. unless there is a bone, then cheney you.
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yellowcanine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-29-04 03:44 PM
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9. I haven't seen a cat yet that didn't. My dog, on the other hand, has such
a need for approval from humans, he is putty in my hands. Of course he pretty much has me where he wants me as well.
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Donating Member ( posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-29-04 03:49 PM
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10. Ask your cat if you have free will
in your cat's opinion.
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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-29-04 03:51 PM
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11. Doesn't this sort of crap belong in the Lounge?
Or in the Meeting Room at the very least!
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TommyO Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-29-04 03:52 PM
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12. No doubt about it
Both of my cats (or should I say my masters) will do anything they want, sometimes stubbornly so.

While we do tend to anthropomorphize our pets, just based on my experience there is some intelligence and free will present in cats. A couple was visiting my ex and I a number of years ago, our friend Bill wasn't feeling well and was going to stay at the house while we went to the local tourist trap. We asked Sebastian to watch him while we were gone - she (yes, she!) didn't leave his side, even to get food or use her litter box all day. This was definitely her will over her natural needs to eat and use the box.
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Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-29-04 03:53 PM
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13. If you have a cat,
you may want to explore the possibility that you no longer have free will.

Do you have free will, or are all of your reactions determined by your kitty?

Cats are often free to come and go and do as they please or get to hang out and explore the mysteries of the universe while we feed them, provide them with shelter and medical care, and pet them when they desire it.

How smart is that?

They are also agile killing machines equipped by nature to survive on their own in most circumstances.
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TrogL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-29-04 03:55 PM
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14. I do not have Free Will
Invited two cats into my house.

I am at their beck and call. If I don't do it they piss on the clean laundry.
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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-29-04 04:00 PM
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15. If it doesn't, it's not a cat.
Hell, our free will is subordinate to our two little tyrants.
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