EMOTION READING GOATS?
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presents “strong evidence that animals far removed from humans (speaking from an evolutionary perspective) are somehow capable of interacting in surprisingly complex ways with us.”1
“This is a very strange phenomenon from a Darwinian point of view as goats only began to be domesticated roughly 11,000 (evolutionary) years ago. Given that the ability to interpret emotions depends on complex neurological functions, why would goats (who have no ability to make facial expressions themselves, and whose faces bear no resemblance to human faces) somehow have the ability to accurately read human expressions? It is very hard to imagine how this obscure ability could have any substantial selective
advantage for domestic goats; it is even harder to explain if it developed prior to goats’ domestication, since then the goats would have had minimal contact with humans. Furthermore, how could such a complex trait have come about via random mutations in only 11,000 years? This does not seem to fit well with the evolutionary picture…The study has important implications for how we interact with livestock and other species, because the abilities of animals to perceive human emotions might be widespread and not just limited to pets.”2
However, looking at this study from a scriptural point of view
we shouldn’t be surprised. The results fit nicely with what the Bible has recorded in Genesis and other places. “Since God created animals like goats right alongside humans from the very beginning, and for the purpose of interacting with humans, it would not be surprising that they would have the innate ability to understand, at least on some basic level, the meaning of human facial expressions.”3
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Having had the privilege of working with goats, I fully concur that goats do have that ability. As a matter of fact, these animals constantly look at human faces to get their cues. God created these amazing and fun animals (Genesis 1:24), there is so much about them that just can’t be explained by
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Until next time, God bless and take care!