Re: ality

From: Keith Henson (
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    At 10:36 PM 05/02/02 -0800, "Joe Dees" <>


    >You are confusing a behavioral response with a memory. Flatworms have
    >been presented with a light, immediately followed by an electric current
    >running through the bottom of their cages; they learned to jump when the
    >light flashed. Their bodies were ground up and fed to other flatworms who
    >had been spared the experience.

    Sorry, this is an Urban myth kind of meme. Poor poor controls had the
    flatworms following slime trails.

    Shame too, because I once helped write a humor story about university
    course content being broken down into such small pieces it could be taught
    to flatworms.

    Then knowledge in the form of ground up flatworms was fed--like liver pate
    on crackers--to the students.

    Keith Henson

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