From: Chris Taylor (email@example.com)
Date: Thu 28 Apr 2005 - 09:53:11 GMT
> As a matter of interest, I have had milk bottles delivered to my
> doorstep all my life, and never to my knowledge had any vandalized by
> birds of any description. I have moved around the UK *a lot*. But my
> mother-in-law (in the North East of England) always leaves an empty can
> out for the milk-lady to pop over the top of her milk bottles, since
> otherwise she is plagued by marauding blue tits. Bizarre.
I am sure there must be some para-epidemiological studies of the spread
of this trait (a mix of spread-by-copying -- ooh a tweetie-pie mind
virus :) -- and convergent [behavioural] evolution causing new centres
to appear). Don't have time to trawl at the mo though. Anyone?
And I would firmly agree that the redeployment of an existing skill to a
new end is indeed a thoroughly mainstream meme. The fact that eyes have
been independently discovered 40-odd times (i.e. generated from scratch
more or less in seperate lineages) if you believe the hype does not mean
that each new species _within one lineage_ creates eyes anew (slight
reductio and rather obtuse on re-reading, but my point is that the fact
that it is easy to stumble on foil-lid-pecking does not preclude picking
up the technique by copying).
Chris Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HUPO PSI: GPS -- psidev.sf.net
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