(It could get testy if they needed a Parliament … )
Smashing something against a rock is enterprising, but does not constitute using a tool.
What if it turns out that some lizards are curious and prefer solving problems for a reward to sitting motionless in a terrarium until someone tosses a cricket in?
… than what you might expect to find in nature. From “Aquarium Fishes Are More Aggressive in Reduced Environments, New Study Finds” ( ScienceDaily (Sep. 22, 2011)”, we learn something that won’t surprise many: Oldfield quantified aggressive behavior as a series of displays and attacks separated by at least a second. Displays are body signals Read More…
In this article in the Daily Telegraph (UK), we see some typical philosophical and cultural applications of Darwinism: People are unfaithful to their marriages Therefore, it is natural Therefore, it is right i.e. What is, is what is right. Since we are no more than nature, all that we do is thus natural – and Read More…
It also leads to a promising question: How do some ants get to be more informed than others, and why do the others listen to them?
The interesting thing is that they come back at all, given that they were starving. Starving animal parents often just abandon their brood, or eat them.
The trouble is, the researchers had restrained half of the test males in glass boxes, to make them look less adventurous. The hen birds could easily have been reacting to some sense that those males were caged.
As a social species, chimpanzees do not readily break up a harmonious group. The chimp partners who spat water were thereby revealing that they were not harmonious group members. No chimpanzee was giving her own reward to another.
Actually, this story makes way more sense than “weasel foresight”:
In relentless pursuit of evidence that animals think like people, Science publishes “Do Tayras Plan for the Future?” by Helen Fields (5 August 2011): Humans buy unripe bananas, then leave them on the kitchen counter. The tayra, a relative of the weasel native to Central and South America, appears to do much the same thing, Read More…
Hyped saga of clever chimp magically transforms the chimp into rational being
There is no way of determining what it feels like to be an insect, as was demonstrated by Thomas Nagel in “What is it like to be a bat?” The weasel word is “like “.
Darwinism is so self-referential now that it sheds light only on itself.
In “Why Do Parrots Talk? Venezuelan Site Offers Clues” (Science, 22 July 2011) Virginia Morell explains Researchers have discovered details of the parrotlets’ ecology and life histories, and the project has now entered a new phase focusing on their communicative skills. Last week, researchers reported that the contact calls of wild parrotlet nestlings—vocalizations that function Read More…