Natures wonders: Crocodile tools (Introduction)

by David Turell @, Saturday, December 07, 2013, 14:47 (2082 days ago) @ dhw

dhw: One-to-one teaching is not copy-catting, nor is it an example of species consciousness. Here is another short article that gives more details of the teaching process. Nothing like copy-catting.

Did you carefully read the last paragraph. I've seen the article before:

"The occurrence of teaching in ants indicates that teaching can evolve in animals with tiny brains. It is probably the value of information in social animals that determines when teaching will evolve, rather the constraints of brain size."

Again that word information! It is a mix of information they contain in their brain and genome and it is a measure of the importance of useful information to be shared. The source of the initial slug of information when these animals developed their social status is what I keep requesting. They have intelligent information which they use, we all agree. Information developed by chance?

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