Neo: I would basically agree with that statement yes.
Reptiles are pretty simple animals. Even higher mammals have very little in the way of emotional responses. It's all instinct and conditioning.
Bartman: Philosophy always pisses me off
what does 'real' mean to your prof? Thinking feeling self aware being? Then no, by that definition most things other than humans are not real. I would think that the clothes on your back are real, they're certainly not imaginary
I would think that his argument could be used for whether or not they are 'intelligent' or not, but certainly not real.