Mice

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Attention: Not any single statement on this page here is mathematically/formally proven. All statements are intuitively written from an emotional (and some kind of biological) perspective.

UTSARA: see the individual UTSARA points just below.

Mice are wonderful/amazing creatures. They remain curious for a long period of their development. Mice mothers usually (but unfortunately not always) protect and care for their babies without any artificial aids. They struggle to provide them a natural nest and are ready to breastfeed them. A strong bond develops between the mouse babies and their mother that remains for a long time.

Mouse males are equally curious but unfortunately they also defend their territory. By being very territorial, they might try their best to advance their species in terms of diversity and competitiveness, although unfortunately not always with gentle methods.

First, the problematic and UTSARA-relevant points: Improvements / challenges lie ahead regarding the following points:

  • explicit mathematics knowledge missing (How motivated would mice or some mice be to learn mathematics if given the opportunity?)
  • problematic territoriality (although probably biologically plausible)
  • mouse mothers might eat or reject/neglect unwanted babies (although probably biologically plausible, this natural behaviour ends the life for the affected babies and is therefore not optimal from a homo sapiens perspective)
  • UTSARA: risk of injuries at interaction with humans, both adults (tramping on) and babies (pressing too much)
  • unclear whether they compete against more rare similar species in the wild

Why I still think often about these creatures with a positive intuitive feeling:

  • great potential for a dense and efficient mother-baby-relationship
  • lifelong commitment to learning (and especially when they are babies, children and juveniles)
  • comparably very high intelligence-to-body-weight ratio (probably the highest of all mammals)
  • the same (as in the case of intelligence) might be true in terms of energy, motivation and emotionality: a very high ratio
  • the mothers are very protective of their babies
  • high motherly instinct also in a social network with other mothers or females: the mothers/females often mutually help each other to raise the babies
  • a very dynamic (energetic) and at the same time very efficient (energy-efficient) species
  • curiosity until adulthood
  • ability and readiness to communicate with other species provided the other species is ready to listen, interact and communicate
  • able to both dig, run, climb and jump (although jumping only in emergency situations)
  • muscular and dense
  • fast movements and accelerations/decelerations possible
  • relatively easily interpretable, spontaneous and instinctive ("honest") body language
  • probably ticklish (I am not sure, but their larger relatives, the rats, are)
  • well developed smelling abilities, compared to their body weight
  • strong emotional attachment between the babies among each other and to their mother
  • (probably) ability to recognize a human individually (I haven't tested it with scientific accuracy yet)
  • strong natural interest in robotics
  • no loud voices, high sensitivity to any sounds and able to sing and produce complex sounds both in the audible and even more ultrasound range
  • high eating competence and probably able to acquire their food in complex and inter-species settings
  • open enough to share their expertise with other species
  • wonderful natural smell
  • curiosity towards other species
  • popular with other species and high (and in case of domesticated, well-nourished and accustomed animals peaceful) interest of other species for mice
  • ability to move fast and efficiently over relatively long distances in a relatively confined/dense way in confined or restricted-access spaces (indoor pathways)
  • What might it mean that the ancestors of mice, fully wild mice, began to follow the footsteps of the species homo sapiens millennia ago?
  • See also a mouse in the girtannerhouse