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MegaprotonGX
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emospongebob527
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Do cats have the same feelings as people

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MegaprotonGX
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 11/8/2012 Category: Science
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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MegaprotonGX

Pro

I firmly believe cats have feelings. For example my cat purrs when happy, flinches when scared, and runs away when he is hurt. Cats share many of the same neurotransmitters and proteins and many of the same brain structures*. Why would we assume that these are used differently between cats and people?

*Brain structures and neurotransmitters regulating aggression in cats: implications for human aggression. Gregg TR, Siegel A. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. 2001 Jan;25(1):91-140.
emospongebob527

Con

Accepted.
Debate Round No. 1
MegaprotonGX

Pro

I don't know how to argue that. *confused*
emospongebob527

Con

emospongebob527 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
MegaprotonGX

Pro

I believe cats have feelings. As I stated before, cats share many of the same neurotransmitters and proteins and many of the same brain structures. Why should they feel different feelings than us.
emospongebob527

Con

The BOP has not been upheld.


My opponent fails to show that organisms with similar neurotransmitters, proteins, and brain structures have the same feelings.
Debate Round No. 3
MegaprotonGX

Pro

What is the function of a protein or a neurotransmitter? Volumes of research have been conducted looking into questions revolving around this. It is known that a neurotransmitter can bind to certain neuronal receptors, and that this binding then causes cellular changes including nerve transmission. What is a feeling? What is consciousness? The great Crick himself has pondered these questions, which to this day remain unanswered.
emospongebob527

Con

emospongebob527 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by JohnnyBro 4 years ago
JohnnyBro
Actually, to argue accepted, you must ignore it and begin your Position Statement and begin your first points, and introduction of your debate.

Sorry, I should've told you about this in advance, I apologize.

-John
Posted by justin5528 4 years ago
justin5528
MegaprtonGX!!!!!!!
Posted by JohnnyBro 4 years ago
JohnnyBro
Great job, MPGX. I will voting for you ASAP.
1 votes has been placed for this debate.
Vote Placed by Heineken 4 years ago
Heineken
MegaprotonGXemospongebob527Tied
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Reasons for voting decision: Con Forfeiture grants conduct. Everything else seemed like an acid-fueled conversation I once had with a mirror.