Descartes famously stated that animals ‘act naturally and mechanically,like a clock which tells the time better than our judgement does. Doubt-less when the swallows come in Spring, they operate like clocks. The ac-tions of honeybees are of the same nature and the discipline of cranes in
ight, and of apes ghting. All originate from the corporal and mechani
-cal principal.’ Fortunately, today it seems most people have moved far from this belief. Humans also need to be able to carry out certain actions but we know it's our feelings that drive us to do them. It would, accord-ing to nature, make sense for animals to have similar feelings to humansas it would make it more likely that animals would carry out the functionsnecessary for survival. An animal's more likely to run away from danger if it's afraid, more likely to look after it's young if it feels love for themand more likely to play and learn survival skills, if it has fun doing this.However, when animals act in
a way that isn’t to their benet
through emotions, this proveshow they are more feeling than‘programmed’, otherwise they’d be acting in a way that works best to aid their survival. For example, when animals freezein fear, this puts them at greater risk of being caught by the pred-ator. If they were programmedas some Scientists suggest, theywould run as fast as they can
HOW MUCH DO ANIMALS FEEL?
3(which they sometimes do, but then so do humans!). Also When an ani-mal looses someone close to them they often give up eating and drink-ing and often die; if they were programmed to survive, they would carryon regardless.