Re: virus: Re : sociological change
Sun, 12 Jan 1997 21:50:11 -0600 (CST)

On Sat, 21 Dec 1996, Hakeeb A. Nandalal wrote:

> On an unrelated subject : I read in Nation Geographic of a spider which
> can "experiment" with vibrations until it gets the right frequency to
> lure and catch other spiders. It then "remembers" that frequency for
> when it encounters spiders of the same species. Sometimes it has to
> get a frequency to attract a small male (to eat) while not alerting
> the bigger vicious female. The Geographic writer wondered if this
> behavior transcended the bounds of "instinct".

Perhaps it's instinctive in form, but not result?

I'm reminded of how children bootstrap their own native language.
It wouldn't surprise me if the drive to learn something could be instinctive.

/ Towards the conversion of data into information....
/ Kenneth Boyd