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On 19 Aug 2001, at 22:11, Kenneth Van Oost wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Dace <email@example.com>
> > > Someone asked New Scientist a few weeks back about any evidence
> > > for improvements amongst species in relation to other human
> > > development- particularly things like hedgehogs crossing roads.
> > > Little more than anecdotal evidence of people reckoning that rounf
> > > their way hedgehogs
> > > more canny about crossing the road without getting splattered by
> > > cars
> > > offered by other readers. (Maybe they've been secretly watching
> > > the
> > > safety ads for kids on UK TV that use animated hedgehogs crossing
> > > the
> > > safely....).
> > > Actual studies of this would be good for studies of animal
> > > learning, transmission by imitation (i.e. animal memes), and
> > > possibly an empirical test of MR as well.
> > There's tons of anecdotal evidence like this supporting morphic
> > resonance. Sheldrake has received a lot of mail from dog owners,
> > falcon and horse trainers, cattle ranchers, and dairy farmers
> > regarding the progressive improvement of each generation of animals
> > in their ability to adapt to innovative methods of training and
> > management.
> Hi Vincent, Dace,
> In Belgium we built special tunnels for hedgehogs to cross the road
> safely. The animals, in order to learn where the tunnel is, are guided
> by the smell of food etc. We do the same for frogs.
> And by the way, Vincent, if you want to take part in such an experi-
> ment I believe one was running on Sheldrake's homepage. I don 't know
> if it still does.
The answer has to do with environmental selection; the slow, stpid
and heedless ones get splattered and don't reproduce.
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