CaptainPatch wrote:GodComplex wrote: But humans are the only mammal with emotions,
Really? So wolves are incapable of mourning the loss of a mate? Bears do NOT get angry? Pets are not at all fond of their owners? Etc., etc., etc.
Nope, it's all just instinct. Same reason they only see black and white, they lack the hardware. They even lack the appropriate facial muscles to express any emotion. Children even lack the mental physiological development for full emotion, until around age 10, which is partly why puberty sucks so hard.
There is interesting video of chimps possibly understanding to concept of death and there is evidence of inter species helping behavior. But as far as my knowledge base goes and it's been close to 10 years since I took a psych class, emotion is a function of a developed frontal lobe, and other creatures don't possesses that. Nor do they posses anywhere near our encephalon ratio.
Think about it this way, what benefit does emotion serve in a state of nature? What selective forces would allow for emotion to be beneficial in a time when life is crude brutish and short?