We’ve touched on the intelligence of animals beyond the scope of what human’s can experience, or might name as intelligence, while exploring Experience and Intelligence Without Opposable Thumbs. This news goes into how bees can discern fake flowers from the real ones through the electrical fields. This study gives evidence that bees can utilize – as human’s might with our eyes – an different type of intelligence, one that interacts with the electromagnetic field. Imagine the resonances they are exposed to in through their sensory organs, to determine the proper course of action. This is an intelligence derived through a feeling-experience of the electrical fields, the bee can sense the distinction that is foreign to us, unless perhaps to an extent in an exotic state of mind.
I doubt artificial flowers have been around long enough to be the reason a bee has evolved in this way, and so while under controlled circumstances you can show that this modality of sensory perception is useful for this one task, it does not dismiss the numerous other ways in which the bee may use its experience of electrical fields to go about its daily life, dutifully contributing to the hive, and the well being of flowers everywhere.
The article does explore further into this science, which if better understood, could add another of depth to our understanding of how our own brains map out what we perceive as reality based on our own sensory intake, and whether other regions could be enhanced along a similar vain as a bees. It never surprises me when scientists learn that another animal can take in information and utilize it by various sensory organs many magnitude of humans – a dog’s sense of smell, to be the most well known – but it’s always fascinating to learn. We’re talking about how life, evolved from the elemental building blocks that erupted from super novae, and how that great range of life, just here on planet Earth, has adapted to experience the world completely alien to our senses and often intuitions.
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