Thursday, January 12, 2006

I Always Suspected....

Hey, interesting news. It turns out that ants can teach each other. This is the first time scientists have observed and verified teaching behaviors outside of the human species. Apparently most animals don't exhibit real teaching, they tend to display modeling/mimicry behaviors. For example a female lion will model hunting behaviors to her cubs who will mimic her behaviors. But this isn't real teaching. Apparently, according to the scientific definition, real teaching requires that the teacher modify his or her teaching behaviors in reaction to the learning rate and responses of the learner. And in all of the animal kingdom, only ant teachers demonstrate that kind of behavior modification in reaction to their student's responses.

All of this only goes to show what I've long suspected, ants are far more intelligent than many people who not only couldn't teach a rock to sit, but clearly aren't able to learn much either.

4 Comments:

At 3:07 PM, Blogger edwaado said...

Ants are fascinating. Watching them in the ant farm I they'd huddle together and discuss ways to escape.

 
At 1:53 PM, Blogger garfer said...

The ants shall inherit the earth, along with the cockroaches.

 
At 10:58 AM, Blogger Aginoth said...

Cor, more useless facts to fill my brain with :oD

 
At 6:44 AM, Blogger Faltanus said...

yeah, but it's nice to know that the ants will kick the cockroaches butts. being so smart and all.

 

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