William Flynn Wallace
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Sun Oct 11 16:37:20 UTC 2020
They are exploring the possibility that the cats smell something about
dying people. bill w
On Sun, Oct 11, 2020 at 6:01 AM Henrik Ohrstrom via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
> And there are cats that can tell if someone is dying (nursing home data).
> Anyone working with old and sick people learn to recognize the signs of
> dying, not likely hard for the cats too learn too.
> Also many cats try to console sad or sick humans. Buut the extra care
> given to the dying might also be the reason..
> Den tors 8 okt. 2020 kl 21:57 skrev Dan TheBookMan via extropy-chat <
> extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org>:
>> On Thu, Oct 8, 2020 at 6:10 PM William Flynn Wallace via extropy-chat
>> <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
>> > A pilot scheme involving 4 sniffer dogs at Helsinki airport indicated
>> > dogs can detect the presence of the virus in less than 10 seconds with
>> > nearly 100% accuracy. (from Nature)
>> > That's before symptoms arise. So what's next? Bears? They have the
>> > best noses of any animal in America. And there are cats that can tell
>> > someone is dying (nursing home data). Why don't we make more use
>> > of the abilities animals have that we don't? Bears looking into
>> ...... bill w
>> You're restricting animals to mammals. The male silkmoth has mammals
>> and all vertebrates beat. Supposedly, it can detect a single molecule
>> of scent from a distant female.
>> But if the dogs can detect with near 100% accuracy in this area -- and
>> dogs are widely available and already easy to handle and train -- why
>> go looking for better scent detectors in the animal kingdom? Bears are
>> harder to train and far fewer are tame and ready for duty.
>> By the way, I thought the nursing home data on cats was ambiguous. Not
>> doubting their ability to smell or pick up on other subtle clues. But
>> I thought there was also things like putting heating blankets on dying
>> patients -- where cats go for warmth so it might not be clear they're
>> smelling death as opposed to simply seeking a comfortably warm area to
>> In the end, though, I imagine technology will beat animal abilities here.
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