I HAVE JUST FINISHED WATCHING THE NOVA DVD I RECENTLY BOUGHT
CALLED "INSIDE ANIMAL MINDS"
IT INCLUDES 3 PROGRAMS:
*DOGS AND SUPER SENSES
*WHO'S THE SMARTEST?
YOU HAVE TO PUT ASIDE SOME OF THE EVOLUTION TALK.
ON THE BACK WE READ:
What would it be like to go inside the mind of an animal? We have all gazed into a creature's eyes and wondered: What is it thinking about? What does it really know? Now, the revolutionary science of animal cognition is revealing hard evidence about how animals understand the world around them, uncovering their remarkable-solving abilities and exploring the complexity of their powers of communication, and even their emotions.
In the three-hour special Inside Animal Minds, NOVA explores these breakthroughs through three iconic creatures: dogs, birds, and dolphins.
We travel into the spectacular nuanced noses of dogs and wolves, and ask whether their reliance on different senses has shaped their evolution. We'll see through the eyes of a starling in flight and test the tool-using skills of the smartest of birds, the crow. We'll listen in as scientists track dolphins and the Caribbean and elephants on the African savannah, trying to unlock the secrets of animal communication. As we discover how researchers are pushing the animal mind to its limits, we'll uncover surprising similarities to--and differences from--the human mind.
YOU CAN OBTAIN THIS INTERESTING AND QUITE REMARKABLE INSIGHTS INTO THE MINDS OF SOME OF EARTH'S CREATURES FROM: PBS.ORG/NOVA
SOME OF THE EXPERIMENTS DONE WITH CERTAIN BIRDS AND PARROTS WILL BLOW YOU AWAY..... SOME OF THE BIRDS AND PARROTS OBVIOUSLY HAVE MORE THAN JUST A ROTE INSTINCT.
YOU WILL SEE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE WOLF AND THE DOMESTICATED DOG, THOUGH THEY CAN INTERBREED. AND SOME OF THE BRAIN IMAGERY OF DOGS WITHIN A CONTEXT, HAVE THE SAME FUNCTION OF THE BRAIN WORKING AS WE DO UNDER THE SAME SITUATIONS.
YOU WILL SEE, ESPECIALLY FROM THE DOLPHINS AND ELEPHANTS [OTHER CREATURES AND INSECTS ALSO] THE BOND OF FAMILY OR GROUP FORMING IS VERY IMPORTANT.
NOW THIS ALL BROUGHT TO MY MIND THE VERSES IN THE BIBLE [ECC. 3:21]
"WHO KNOWETH THE SPIRIT OF MAN THAT GOES UPWARD, AND THE SPIRIT OF THE BEAST THAT GOES DOWNWARD TO THE EARTH."
MAN, HIS BODY WAS MADE, AS GOD SAID, FROM THE DUST OF THE EARTH; BUT LATER THE BIBLE TELLS US THAT MAN IS NOT JUST A BODY [WITH ALL OF ITS PARTS] AND A BRAIN [AND WE HAVE FOUND OUT MUCH ABOUT THE PHYSICAL BRAIN IN THE LAST 30 YEARS]; BUT MANKIND ALSO HAS WHAT THE BIBLE CALLS "THE SPIRIT IN MAN" - NOTHING TO DO WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT. THIS "SPIRIT" ESSENCE GOES BACK TO GOD WHO GAVE IT AT DEATH - ECC. 12:7. THIS "SPIRIT IN MAN" WITH THE PHYSICAL BRAIN MAKES MAN UNIQUE AMONG ALL THE CREATURES OF THE EARTH - INTELLIGENCE TO PUT MAN IN THE MIGHTY POSITION OF SEARCHING OUT KNOWLEDGE AND CREATING THINGS, THAT NO BEAST OF THE EARTH COULD EVER DO IN A TRILLION YEARS.
BUT WE SEE FROM ECC. 3:21 THAT THE BEASTS OF THE EARTH HAVE A "SPIRIT" ALSO. SOLOMON ASKED A QUESTION "WHO KNOWETH........"
TODAY WE CAN KNOW ABOUT THE SPIRIT IN THE BEAST LIKE AS NEVER BEFORE. THERE IS A DIFFERENCE ALSO IN BEASTS AND BIRDS AND SEA CREATURES. SOME DO WORK ON JUST INSTINCT, WHAT THEY ARE PROGRAMMED TO DO FOR THEIR PARTICULAR SPECIES. THE BEE DOES WHAT THE BEE DOES [AND IT IS REMARKABLE WHAT THEY ARE PROGRAMMED TO DO]; THE SPIDER DOES WHAT THE SPIDER IS PROGRAMMED TO DO, AND SO FORTH.
BUT THIS NOVA DVD WILL SHOW YOU, THERE ARE ANIMALS, BIRDS, SEA CREATURES LIKE THE DOLPHIN. THAT WHETHER A LARGE BRAIN [AS IN THE DOLPHIN] OR A SMALL BRAIN AS IN THE CROW; THERE IS MORE THAN JUST INSTINCT. YES OF COURSE A CROW DOES WHAT A CROW DOES, LIVING AND FLYING, AND EATING FOOD. AND SO WITH THE DOLPHIN AND ELEPHANT; BUT THERE IS DEFINITELY SOMETHING ELSE THAT GOD HAS GIVEN SOME OF THEM IN "THEIR" SPIRIT THAT THEY HAVE.
YES SOME CREATURES WITH THEIR SPIRIT CAN DO MORE THAN JUST WHAT BASIC INSTINCT TO LIVE, DRIVES THEM TO DO.
AND THERE PROBABLY IS SOMEHOW DIFFERENCES OR DEGREES OF THIS "OTHER" PART SHALL I CALL IT, THAT WITHIN THEIR OWN SPECIES, SOME ARE SMARTER THAN OTHERS. IT IS THE SAME WITH US HUMANS. WE ALL HAVE INTELLIGENT BRAINS [BEING EVERYTHING NORMAL] BUT SOME OF US ARE MORE INTELLIGENT IN CERTAIN WAYS [OFTEN WE CALL IT "GIFTS"] THAN OTHERS. IT IS PROBABLY, WELL NOT JUST PROBABLE, BUT FACT; I'M IN THE HORSE WORLD, AND SOME HORSES ARE JUST "BRIGHTER" THAN SOME OTHERS. I KNOW OF SOME HORSES THAT GET THEMSELVES INTO ALL KINDS OF TROUBLE OUT ON THE RANGE, GETTING CUT BY THIS OR THAT, AND OTHERS NEVER GET HURT BY THIS OR THAT OUT ON THE RANGE [I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT A TREE BRANCH FALLING ON THEM ETC. BUT GETTING HURT BY WALKING WHERE THEY SHOULD NOT - THAT KIND OF STUFF].
BUT I ONCE READ ABOUT A MAN THAT SAW A HORSE GET TANGLED IN BARB-WIRE ON ONE LEG; HE SAID IT LOOKED DOWN, SAW THE PROBLEM, AND WITH ANOTHER LEG PUSHED THE BARB-WIRE OFF AND FREED ITSELF.
YOU'VE PROBABLY ALL HEARD ABOUT SOME SMARTS THAT ONE DOG HAS OVER ANOTHER. WELL THERE MUST BE, AND THERE IS, MORE TO ALL THIS; THINGS WE MAY NEVER KNOW FULLY, BUT WE ARE GETTING TO MAKE PROGRESS ON SOLOMON'S QUESTION: "WHO KNOWETH......." ABOUT THE SPIRIT OF MAN AND OF THE BEAST. THE SPIRIT THAT SOME CREATURES HAVE IS QUITE THE EYE OPENER AS SHOWN ON THIS DVD.
THIS NOVA DVD IS WELL WORTH HAVING, ESPECIALLY IF RAISING CHILDREN. VERY REVEALING AND SURPRISING AT TIMES, GIVING YOU SOME INSIGHT INTO THE INSIDE OF ANIMAL MINDS. YES VERY INSIGHTIVE AND EDUCATIONAL, WOULD ALSO MAKE A VERY GOOD GIFT TO ALL WHO LOVE ANIMALS, AND WOULD LIKE TO BE SURPRISED BY SOME OF THE MINDS OF SOME CREATURES ON EARTH.