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Christopher Halliwell

Secondary Education Physics, Mississippi State University

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What is the advantage of evolving the ability to cry?

Is it simply a result of evolving the ability for complex emotions?

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    Mar 15 2013: Crying is healing, and as Random points out, can be joyful and/or sad. I don't think it is a matter of "evolving the ability" because it is natural. What needs to happen sometimes is people need to allow themselves to cry.....it is a good thing when/if that is what the body/mind is needing:>)

    http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2011/05/29/7-good-reasons-to-cry-the-healing-property-of-tears/
    • Mar 15 2013: yes but your not getting the question he is wondering why we Evolved the ability unlike other creatures who do not cry
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        Mar 15 2013: Charles,
        Other creatures DO cry. Ask a Mahout about elephants!
        • Mar 20 2013: ok thanks i know that but when was the last time you saw an ant cry or an iguana? not all creatures cry it's a fact i'm just wondering why some cry and others don't and for some reason i have a feeling that you don't think evolution is fact am i right?
      • Mar 20 2013: I have experienced a Labrador dog, a farm dog with a loyal and strong nature, - her eyes welled up with tears and sadness on a occasion of remembering her mother, who had just died. The story is too long to explain here, but there was no doubt about it. There was another occasion too when this same dog 's eyes welled up in sympathy.
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          Mar 20 2013: I have had several different breeds of dogs throughout my life, including a golden lab, which seemed to be the MOST sensitive of any. He was like one of the kids:>)
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        Mar 21 2013: Hi Charles:>)
        I've observed LOTS of ants and iguana, including the giant iguana in the Galapagos (fabulous experience BTW), and I've never observed them crying, so I don't know about those examples. It does appear that some animals DO cry, and I'm curious about why some do and some don't too!

        I believe in evolution. How did you get the feeling that I don't think evolution is fact?

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emotion_in_animals

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