A pin-up aid for feline differentiating engines

by Stefan Fletcher March. 03, 2010 5994 views

We share the limbic part of our brains with other creatures such as crocodiles, hippopotami and sheep. The limbic system basically helps us all divide the universe into six things:

* Things we want to fight
* Things we should run away from
* Things we want to feed
* Things we want to eat
* Things we want to have sex with
* And I've forgotten the last one, but who cares because the first five cover just about every aspect of my life anyway.

In fact, so useful is the limbic system as a differentiating engine, it's a wonder we ever bothered with all that new-fangled cortex and neo-cortex stuff.

I was considering my daughter's cats. Cats are extremely limbic. Specifically, I believe some of them transcend limbic differentiation completely in wanting to fight with, flee from, feed, eat and hump a single thing all at the same time.

So I thought I'd put up some limbic pin-ups here. A sort of differentiating centre-fold for moggies. I suggest you set / glue / nail your cat in front of this post and see what happens.

As I can't remember the sixth factor, feel free to tell me what it is and offer your suggestions as to which of the above make your Tiddles tiddle.

Have to go now. My daughter's cats are eyeing me up and, from where I'm sitting, the prospect looks distinctly unappetizing.

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Jazmyn 11 years ago

Love the contrast between the white and the colored peacocks. :o)

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Finbarr 11 years ago

Congrat on FP well done , great set ,

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Adelina 11 years ago

pretty lizard #6 nice set!

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Thomas Thompson 11 years ago

Congrats on Front Page

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Patrycja Ratajczak 11 years ago

cool great! congrats!!

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Veronika 11 years ago

VERY Beautiful!!!

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Farideh_Homam 11 years ago

Very beautiful.Congratulations on FP!

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Soubhagya Sagar Behera 11 years ago

Congrats on FP Stefan! :)

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Moira 11 years ago

Back to say Congratulations . Maybe I should add the Cliff Richards song :) :) I know,showing my age!!!

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Marta 11 years ago

great shots! and the last one just amazing!

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Art Bee 11 years ago

Congratulations on FP Stefan!

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Riyaz 11 years ago

Congrats on FP Stefan!

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Sadhya Rippon 11 years ago

Congratulations on FP!

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Bogdan Telea 11 years ago

Oh, great set! Love it!

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Pandka 11 years ago

First and last are gorgeous! Congrats on FP!

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Sandra Vermeulen 11 years ago

Nice to see your shot on the FP


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Jai 11 years ago

Fantastic Photographs - The Mountain Lion is the most impressive

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Dorothe 11 years ago

Congrats on FP!

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Lotofoto 11 years ago

Beautiful set and congrats on the FP!!!

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Neil Rosenberger 11 years ago

Congrats on the FP!! Great Shots !! cd

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Fali 11 years ago

oh wow...3rd , 4th...or well ALL
love them all..

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Marsha 11 years ago

Ha! Great post earns FP....congrats, Stéfan!!

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Contesina 11 years ago

exceptional work!
Congrats on FP!

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Joy 11 years ago

hilarious post. great shots and fun to read. keep up the good work!

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Sandyk 11 years ago

great shots congrats on FP!!

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Jennye 11 years ago

congratulations on FP!!!

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Jacki 11 years ago

Congratulations, that albino peacock is fabulous!

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Masoud Ahmadpoor 11 years ago

Wonderful post ... congrats on FP !

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Azrin Abdullah 11 years ago

Congratulations on FP, Stefan!

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Darlene Foster 11 years ago

Congratulations on FP!

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Michael Sakowicz 11 years ago

Much congrats on the FP!

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Carol 11 years ago

First of all Congratulations on Front Page.
WOW wonderful photos...

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Miclaud 11 years ago

Wow!!!! Félicitations pour a FP... mais je choisirais la #3!
La #1 n'est pas mal non plus!

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Huiching 11 years, 1 month ago

Great post. And interesting contrast between the males and females too.

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Davorka ČEoviä‡ 11 years, 1 month ago

I like all your photos.Wonderful colours

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David Asinyanbi 11 years, 1 month ago

I like all your photos. Thanks for the advice about mine.


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Kelly Lamaster 11 years, 1 month ago

Fantastic animal shots!

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Alexandra Pechabadens 11 years, 1 month ago

Wasn't the last one a reaction, and it was "to freeze and play dead" if a prey catches us?

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Alexandra Pechabadens 11 years, 1 month ago

Je veux bien essayer de savoir ce qu'est le 6e, mais avant de savoir, il faut que j'attrappe le renard pour l'interroger, et avant de l'attrapper...
Zut alors. Que serait la 6e? Moi qui ait fait la physiologie et anatomie. Jolis minous dans les photos.

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Robert Moffat 11 years, 1 month ago

Love the pictures and the narrative really made me chuckle!

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Susan Jane 11 years, 1 month ago

What a great post! And love the last shot. so basically if we feel drawn to someone/thing we are either wanting to eat it,sleep with it, feed it or fight it...oh yea...and run from it...

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Goldbrandi 11 years, 1 month ago

Very nice! :))

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Ratcher 11 years, 1 month ago

WooooW! Beautiful, beautiful aaand Beautiful!! Great shots!! :P

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Moira 11 years, 1 month ago

Wonder why you couldn't remember the SIXTH :-) :-)

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Eiram Marie 11 years, 1 month ago

there is something in the fourth photo...something that makes me to look at it again and again...have no idea what part of my brain makes me:)

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Helen Hooker 11 years, 1 month ago

I'm afraid Gracie doesn't react to photos - unless they're taken in smellyvision of course! However, she will [i]kill [/i]for a splodge of yoghurt.... Gorgeous feline photos by the way! :-)

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Michael Sakowicz 11 years, 1 month ago

I'll have to try this some day. Very interesting. Great shots too.

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Marsha 11 years, 1 month ago

Interesting photos, commentary, and responses. Was going to say the 6th is..."things we want to photograph" but see Ricky beat me to it....

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Tomie Poodle 11 years, 1 month ago

les deux premières sont magnifiques..j'adore la force et la beauté de ces félins!

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Jennye 11 years, 1 month ago

These are all excellent, but it is the last one that makes my Tiddles tiddle! :))

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Sadhya Rippon 11 years, 1 month ago

Surely you haven't forgotten "Things we want to drink"

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Sandra Vermeulen 11 years, 1 month ago

[i]I do not want to fight with one of them.[/i]
I will run away from [i]the lions and other big cats.[/i]
Things I want to feed? [i]My daughter, our bunnies and myself.[/i]
Things we want to eat, [i]too many to write here.[/i]
"Things" ??? we want to have sex with? [i]A vibrator is a thing, so yes, I can think of a few.[/i]
What the last may be, I have no idea!

Nice shots.

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Mikkal Noptek 11 years, 1 month ago

Wonderful colours

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Soubhagya Sagar Behera 11 years, 1 month ago

Actually the 1st 5 can be clubbed into one - behaviour, add in after that emotion (which i guess u have covered in the write up) The limbic system is also helpful in the long term memory as well as takes part in olfactory process (not so sure)...
As for ur cats... God bless u!
I really like the 2nd and 6th! Why such a shallow DOF in the last?

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Jarvo J 11 years, 1 month ago

Neat idea for a post. I'm not sure there's nothing especially limbic for me in looking at pictures of a big white cock, but thanks for making them available anyway.

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Ricardo 11 years, 1 month ago

[b]Things we want to have sex with[/b] <-- I don't know about you but, People aren't things...

maybe 6# is Don't forget your camera.

May I do a commentary about the last picture? Why didn't you focused it correctly? others are good, but this one maybe needed a bit more of focus... I'm sure was just a lapse!

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Lynda 11 years, 1 month ago

Memory is the 6th? That mountain lion is superb. My 3 like to watch birds on the telly and 1 of them is fascinated by horses.

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Darlene Foster 11 years, 1 month ago

I love #1.

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