From: Grant Callaghan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon 04 Nov 2002 - 03:17:47 GMT
>Date: Sun, 3 Nov 2002 18:58:11 -0500
>On Sunday, November 3, 2002, at 05:09 , email@example.com wrote:
>>In such cases, they are indeed imitating sounds, and are genetically
>>wired to be able to do so; what they are not doing is grasping
>Or attempting to perform.
Wrong. Choice of mates is based in great part on the performance of a male
in competition with other males. Most birds perform mating dances as well
as mating songs. The songs and dances are judged and acted upon. The best
performer has much the same effect on the female as the best human dancer at
a social dance has on the females who see him perform. Something is
definitely being communicated here. You guys are giving birds way too
little credit. Sheep knocking heads together are also performing for a
purpose, intimidating rivals and attracting females. If the rivals go and
the females come, the behavior and the performance accomplished it purpose.
The choice of means for competing may be genetic but the execution of the
behavior is up to the competitors. If there is no ideal to judge by, how
does the female make her decision. Where does the decision take place but
in the animal's mind?
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