Natures wonders: Rabbitfish partner up (Introduction)

by dhw, Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 15:19 (1744 days ago) @ David Turell

QUOTES: "Reciprocal cooperation, which requires an investment in a partner, which is later reciprocated, is assumed to require complex cognitive and social skills. Skills that fishes have been deemed not to have."

"'By showing that fishes, which are commonly considered to be cold, unsocial, and unintelligent, are capable of negotiating reciprocal cooperative systems, we provide evidence that cooperation may not be as exclusive as previously assumed.'"

As you may know, some people believe that bacteria are also cold, unsocial and unintelligent, without any cognitive social skills. But modern science seems gradually to be dispelling such myths, and who knows, one day we may even come to the conclusion that all those forms of life from which we have evolved have actually passed on many of the characteristics that humans like to imagine are unique to themselves.

I genuinely appreciate the generosity of spirit which motivates your posting of such articles. This is intellectual cooperation at its very best. Thank you.

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