Positron emission tomography.
pet (pèt) noun
1. An animal kept for amusement or companionship.
2. An object of the affections.
3. A person especially loved or indulged; a favorite: the teacher's pet.
1. Kept as a pet: a pet cat.
2. a. Particularly cherished or indulged: a pet grandchild. b. Expressing or showing affection: a pet name.
3. Being a favorite: a pet topic.
petted, petting, pets verb, transitive
To stroke or caress gently; pat.
To make love by fondling and caressing.
[Scottish Gaelic peata, tame animal, pet, from Old Irish.]
- pet´ter noun
book _Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home:
And Other Unexplained Powers of Animals_ by Rupert
Pet owners will see it and smile in recognition; skeptical scientists will shake their heads and mutter about "maverick scholars." We all know of cases of dogs (and cats) who know when their owners are coming home, who go to wait at the door or window 10 minutes or more before their human arrives. Conditioned by the tight rigor of contemporary scientific thinking, we either look for rational explanations or we file the phenomenon away in our minds as "unexplained" and are careful not to talk about it with our scientist friends.
Sheldrake has shown in the past that he is not afraid to be labeled a rebel, thanks to his theory of morphic resonance, which suggests the following:
Natural systems, or morphic units, at all levels of complexity are animated, organized, and coordinated by morphic fields, which contain an inherent memory. Natural systems inherit this collective memory from all previous things of their kind by a process called morphic resonance, with the result that patterns of development and behavior become increasingly habitual through repetition.
Sheldrake believes that the "telepathy" between pets and humans, or between flocks of birds or schools of fish that move as a single organism, can be explained this theory. Sheldrake is less persuaded by anecdotes that suggestanimal clairvoyance--warning of something in the near future--but refusesto disallow the possibility.
He accepts that the case
histories he details so thoroughly in this
book are anecdotal, but that makes them no less real; and as
a scientist himself he sets up experimental conditions for studying
this previously ignored phenomenon that show beyond any doubt
that the phenomenon exists. He castigates traditional scientistsfor their
refusal to countenance anything that doesn't fit in with
their existing paradigms (or prejudices) and challenges them to come up with some more "acceptable" explanation--but none is forthcoming.
bizarre mural for a pet store on
Western and Wilshire Blvd. check the faces.
1977 - Commodore PET
The Commodore PET (Personal ElectronicTransactor) -- the first of several personal computers released in 1977 -- came fully assembled and was straightforward to operate, with either 4 or 8 kilobytes of memory, two built-in cassette drives, and a membrane "chiclet" keyboard.
past pets of atomjack:
Leo - dog, Shih Tzu. 11 years, 1977 to 1988
3 hermit crabs
30 plus fish
i haven't owned a pet in 12 years. the next one i get will outlive me. - @Om* 2/2/2000
Created by the California Gary Dahl, the pet rock was a cross between a zen object of contemplation - perhaps partly inspired by the rock and sand garden of Ryoan-ji in Japan, or by the water-eroded rocks prized by the Chinese as evocative decoration - and an executive toy. The novelty item was marketed in the USA in the 1970s as a trouble-free household pet; others saw it as a glaringly decadent example of disposable consumerism.