Margreet de Heer

Philosophical Cats

September 1, 2012 by  
Filed under NBM Blog, New Releases

I like to write and draw about my own personal life – in fact, all of my comics have autobiographical elements in one way or another. I especially like to draw our cats, beautiful Siamese Boris and his dark sidekick Toto. They both appear in ‘Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics’. In fact, Boris’ dreaming sparks the chapter about what human consciousness is, compared to that of other animals.

From: ‘Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics’

 

After ten pages exploring different features that may define consciousness, such as Logical Thinking, Self-reflection, Use of Symbols and Language, I draw the following conclusion:

 

Our cats also make an appearance in the two books that follow the Philosophy book – about Religion and Science (both published in The Netherlands and not in translation – yet). I really like drawing them and us in our natural modus, which is: lying in our kingsize bed.

 

From: ‘Religie in Beeld’ (2011)

 

In the book about Science, I use the cats in a similar argument as in the Philosophy book: what makes a scientific mind? Why have animals no science?

 

Isn’t the natural curiosity in cats the same as in humans? And isn’t that curiosity the base of science…? Yet, humans like to experiment and categorize, and that is not something a lot of animals do. Still, that may be mostly due to their lack of opposable thumbs – not lack of intelligence.

So – wouldn’t our cats monitor the barking-frequency of our neighbor’s dog if they had a chance…?

From: ‘Wetenschappen in Beeld’ (2012)

 

More comic cats to follow in the coming weeks… so keep an eye on this spot!

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