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Post by dura » Wed May 11, 2016 5:33 pm

I overheard someone talking about her male dog and its mother having puppies together. Is this normal?

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Post by Skyquake87 » Wed May 11, 2016 5:51 pm

Yes. Animals have no concept of incest. And if the mother is nearest available mate, she'll do.

And now, for a couple of my favourite quotes from the mighty Preacher:

"After centuries of inbreeding, we're lucky the b******* doesn't have antennae."

"son of man or son of God, you can't f*** your sister and expect much of good of it."

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Post by dura » Wed May 11, 2016 6:09 pm

So it's ok for spiders, bears, and other animals to kill and eat their own young for survival. Doesn't that make them worse than Jeffrey Dalmer?

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Post by Skyquake87 » Wed May 11, 2016 6:19 pm

Again, you're thinking from a purely human perspective. We have shrugged off the wild for shirts, ties, tax avoidance and shoes. Also cutlery and a worrying lack of interest in trying to save our world before its too f***ked to support any life.

"Is it ok?" Is not the right question. Besides which, you've already answered it:

for survival.

If there's nothing else around, what are you going to do as a bear or spider? You can't be all Bear Ghrylls and bob back to your hotel.

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Post by Brendocon 2.0 » Wed May 11, 2016 6:20 pm

You can't hold other species to your own moral standards.

Different things are different.

What year of your philosophy degree are you on, out of interest?

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Post by dura » Wed May 11, 2016 10:56 pm

I'm a philosophy hobbyist.

We hold animals to our moral standards when we impose the death penalty on them when they eat a person or child.

Bears alway eat people and children. A pig ate a baby, so has snakes. Pit bulls kill kids often. We kill these animals in kind.

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Post by Sades » Wed May 11, 2016 11:24 pm

Isn't that more a practical thing, though? At that point they've become a danger. The same has been done with bears that start eating human garbage, due to the fact that that means they lose their fear of people and seek them out.
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Post by dura » Thu May 12, 2016 12:37 am

If animals are for practical purposes then why is bestiality considered animal cruelty?

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Post by Sades » Thu May 12, 2016 1:14 am

I'm not sure where you got the "animals are for practical purposes" from, unless you've misinterpreted what I said.

Perhaps "practical" was the wrong word, anyway. Precautionary. Even then, there are exceptions (ie Tilikum has killed three people).
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Post by Brendocon 2.0 » Thu May 12, 2016 7:41 am

Why is the Sun wrong?

Oof. Don't think I've got enough time, tbh.

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Post by dura » Thu May 12, 2016 3:59 pm

Female mantises bite off the head of the male during mating. Why?

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Post by slartibartfast » Thu May 12, 2016 4:21 pm

Christ, it's like taking a Turing test...

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Post by inflatable dalek » Thu May 12, 2016 4:28 pm

dura wrote:Female mantises bite off the head of the male during mating. Why?

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Post by dura » Thu May 12, 2016 4:32 pm

Some species of spiders, the male will break off his penis and leave it inside the female as a plug. Researchers believe this increases the males aggression so that he can fight off other male spiders who try to mate with her.

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Post by Denyer » Thu May 12, 2016 6:15 pm

Love the Turtles one they did.

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Post by Sades » Thu May 12, 2016 6:25 pm

Snickering in a quiet classroom makes me self conscious.
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Post by dura » Thu May 12, 2016 7:11 pm

Even After Mating, the Female can Toss Your Genetic Code to the Wind

Female crickets can hold onto the sperm from multiple male partners. Imagine your hypothetical mate keeping the genetic information from their last nine partners along with them at all times, and then deciding to pick some genes from ten years ago to spawn her child? That's insane. Seriously, I question my sanity for writing that line. Back to crickets. The female cricket, settling down after a polyamorous run about, then chooses which sperm to use to create a future generation of crickets. The amount of sperm stored by the female can be changed by movements in their abdominal muscles, with the goal of storage being to diversify the population by selecting for unrelated crickets. Female crickets, however, will still gladly mate with related crickets.

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Post by Sades » Fri May 13, 2016 2:35 am

You must be fun at parties. Are you fun at parties?

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