I remember watching one gerbil who stood motionless on his little kangaroo matchstick legs, watching the Great Grappler rearranging his world. Gerbils are somewhat inscrutable, but I had a sense that he was worshiping it. He did not move until the block started coming down on top of him. (Ted Nelson, Dream Machines)
cybernetic 'two body' problem -- gerbils and machines. can they realise an intelligent environ?