A pin-up aid for feline differentiating engines

by Stefan Fletcher March. 03, 2010 5914 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 9 years, 6 months ago

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

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Finbarr 9 years, 6 months ago

Congrat on FP well done , great set ,

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Adelina 9 years, 6 months ago

pretty lizard #6 nice set!

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Tom 9 years, 6 months ago

Congrats on Front Page

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Patrycja Ratajczak 9 years, 6 months ago

cool great! congrats!!

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Veronika 9 years, 6 months ago

VERY Beautiful!!!

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Farideh_Homam 9 years, 6 months ago

Very beautiful.Congratulations on FP!

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Soubhagya Sagar Behera 9 years, 6 months ago

Congrats on FP Stefan! :)

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Moira 9 years, 6 months ago

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

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Marta 9 years, 6 months ago

great shots! and the last one just amazing!

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Art Bee 9 years, 6 months ago

Congratulations on FP Stefan!

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Riyaz 9 years, 6 months ago

Congrats on FP Stefan!

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Sadhya Rippon 9 years, 6 months ago

Congratulations on FP!

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Bogdan Telea 9 years, 6 months ago

Oh, great set! Love it!

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Pandka 9 years, 6 months ago

First and last are gorgeous! Congrats on FP!

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Sandra Vermeulen 9 years, 6 months ago

Nice to see your shot on the FP
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!!!

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Jai 9 years, 6 months ago

Fantastic Photographs - The Mountain Lion is the most impressive

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Dorothe 9 years, 6 months ago

Congrats on FP!

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Lotofoto 9 years, 6 months ago

Beautiful set and congrats on the FP!!!

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Neil Rosenberger 9 years, 6 months ago

Congrats on the FP!! Great Shots !! cd

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Fali 9 years, 6 months ago

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

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Marsha 9 years, 6 months ago

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

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Contesina 9 years, 6 months ago

exceptional work!
Congrats on FP!

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Joy 9 years, 6 months ago

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

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Sandyk 9 years, 6 months ago

great shots congrats on FP!!

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Jennye 9 years, 6 months ago

congratulations on FP!!!

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Jacki 9 years, 6 months ago

Congratulations, that albino peacock is fabulous!

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Masoud Ahmadpoor 9 years, 6 months ago

Wonderful post ... congrats on FP !

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Azrin Abdullah 9 years, 6 months ago

Congratulations on FP, Stefan!

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Darlene Foster 9 years, 6 months ago

Congratulations on FP!

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Michael Sakowicz 9 years, 6 months ago

Much congrats on the FP!

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Carol 9 years, 6 months ago

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

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Miclaud 9 years, 6 months ago

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

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Huiching 9 years, 7 months ago

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

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Davorka ČEoviä‡ 9 years, 7 months ago

I like all your photos.Wonderful colours

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
David Asinyanbi 9 years, 7 months ago

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

David

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Kelly Lamaster 9 years, 7 months ago

Fantastic animal shots!

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Alexandra Pechabaden 9 years, 7 months ago

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

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Alexandra Pechabaden 9 years, 7 months 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.

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Robert Moffat 9 years, 7 months ago

Love the pictures and the narrative really made me chuckle!

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Susan Jane 9 years, 7 months 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...

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Goldbrandi 9 years, 7 months ago

Very nice! :))

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Ratcher 9 years, 7 months ago

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

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Moira 9 years, 7 months ago

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

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Eiram Marie 9 years, 7 months 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:)

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Helen Hooker 9 years, 7 months 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! :-)

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Michael Sakowicz 9 years, 7 months ago

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

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Marsha 9 years, 7 months 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....

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Tomie Poodle 9 years, 7 months ago

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

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Jennye 9 years, 7 months ago

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

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Sadhya Rippon 9 years, 7 months ago

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

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Sandra Vermeulen 9 years, 7 months 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.

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Mikkal Noptek 9 years, 7 months ago

Wonderful colours

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Soubhagya Sagar Behera 9 years, 7 months 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?

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Jarvo J 9 years, 7 months 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.

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Ricardo 9 years, 7 months 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!

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Lynda 9 years, 7 months 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.

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Darlene Foster 9 years, 7 months ago

I love #1.

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