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Coffee!: But then cats have a more subtle method for everything, don’t they?

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This from the Beeb: How cats lap water:

… cats use their tongues to delicately draw up water without breaking the surface of the liquid.

The scientists, who published their study in the journal Science, say this differs from dogs, who employ a messy scooping action to quench their thirst.

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While humans and animals such as sheep or horses use suction to draw liquid upwards, and dogs curl their tongue into a cup-like shape to ladle liquid in, the footage revealed that cats use a more subtle mechanism to drink.

The study was inspired by Cutta Cutta the cat The scientists found that the tip of the cat’s tongue curls backwards, not forwards, as it darts down towards its bowl.

Then, instead of penetrating the surface of the liquid, the tongue just lightly touches it.

Dr Stocker explains: “The fluid comes in contact with the tongue and sticks to it, then the action of the tongue being drawn upwards very rapidly creates a liquid column.

“I would say cats know more about fluid mechanics than dogs.” – Roman Stocker, MIT

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The team thinks cats may have adopted this more complex but neater approach because it means they are less likely to be splashed with water as they drink.

– Rebecca Morelle, “Mystery of how cats lap is revealed” (BBC 11 November 2010)

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10 Replies to “Coffee!: But then cats have a more subtle method for everything, don’t they?

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    GilDodgen says:

    The team thinks cats may have adopted…

    Denyse,

    You have an extraordinary talent for finding extraordinarily dumb examples of attempts by Darwinists to prop up their thoroughly unsupportable theory (actually, not a theory, but wild speculation based on no hard science).

    Cats may have adopted? How did they do this? By the force of free will? By cosmic rays zapping their nucleotides, or horizontal gene transfer reprogramming their brains for subtle drinking solutions that provided a survival advantage, passed on through generations with demonstrably inadequate probabilistic resources?

    The entire Darwinist program is so completely disconnected from hard science that it just boggles the mind that this transparent nonsense is taken seriously by anyone who is in touch with reality or the basic dictates of empirical scientific verification.

    Darwinism is an anti-intellectual, anti-scientific, anti-reason cult, with tremendous destructive potential for both true science and the human soul.

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    rprado says:

    For me this could be an indication that dog designers are different from cat designers; maybe the way each species solves the problem of drinking water or milk is a trademark of each team of designers.

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    uoflcard says:

    Gil, you took the words from my keyboard. It blows my mind how anyone can believe mutation and selection can produce such a complex, highly-tuned, yet delicate mechanism. How many mutations did it take to create this “kludge programmed from genes”? And each step was more “fit” than the last? And…

    The team thinks cats may have adopted this more complex but neater approach because it means they are less likely to be splashed with water as they drink.

    …how does not being splashed make a cat fitter than others? Maybe the selection gradient that drove the step-by-step evolution of this behavior was cats who had less and less water on their mouths after drinking…?

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    bornagain77 says:

    But Gil don’t you know the Darwinian response to you pointing out the obvious design of a cat???

    All a Darwinists has to say to prove that cats evolved is to say ‘God would have never designed a cat that sheds all over my furniture!’,,, case closed πŸ™‚

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    LivingstoneMorford says:

    The Darwinians are getting more and more nonsensical as time goes on…what kind of person would honestly believe these amusing tales of cats evolving this mechanism through a process of natural selection and random mutation?

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    Ilion says:

    For me this could be an indication that dog designers are different from cat designers; maybe the way each species solves the problem of drinking water or milk is a trademark of each team of designers.

    Or, perhaps, the common designer of both cats and dogs … and of human beings … was amused at the idea of creating a species women can relate to and a species men can relate to.

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    gpuccio says:

    rprado:

    It could obviously be different designers. But why not a designer who likes variety?

    The fact is, dogs and cats are two very different conceptions of a similar basic project. Two “models”, I would say, for many aspects complementary.

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    gpuccio says:

    BA:

    Darwinists are infamous liers. Cats are perfect!

    (OK, OK, I am a cat guy… πŸ™‚ )

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    bornagain77 says:

    OT gpuccio this is guaranteed to make you smile:

    Why teachers drink
    http://theforexmom.com/why-teachers-drink/?ref=nf

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    gpuccio says:

    BA:

    πŸ™‚

    I think the “here it is” one is epistemological genius…

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