Re: Study shows brain can learn without really trying

From: Ray Recchia (
Date: Fri Nov 23 2001 - 00:52:55 GMT

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    At 11:55 AM 11/22/2001 -0500, you wrote:

    Hi Wade

    Similar environments populated by similar species produce similar
    behaviors. No imitation of any sort is required.

    Imitation itself in such models is an illusion.

    - WadE

    Mate selection in guppies.  Guppies generally show a preference for brightly colored males.  Trick a female into seeing other females near a drab male guppy and the female will subsequently choose the  drab male over the brightly colored male.  That has nothing to do with environment.  It's imitation. There are theoretical models which indicate that imitation is favored when food sources are large but widely scattered and others that indicate that imitation under these circumstances can cause changes in population and influence the evolution of a species.   What research has been done appears to contradict your statement

    Ray Recchia.

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