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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Brainy Brainless Blobs

Yellow Slime Mold     (Photo by Red58bill)
Most people equate intelligence with brains.  That’s because humans have plenty of gray matter.

Nevertheless, intelligence is known to exist within brainless life forms.  Slime molds, which look like blobs of goo, are capable of finding “the fastest route through a maze or between points.”  People have difficulty doing the same without their trusty GPS devices.

These molds didn’t lose their nerve, they simply had none to begin with.  Even so, they manage to pass acquired adaptations along to one another.  This ability indicates that “learning may predate the evolution of the nervous system.”

Some even suspect that consciousness predates evolution itself.    


Copyright January 8, 2017 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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