Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The Thoughts of a Spiderweb

The suggestion that some of a spider’s “thoughts” happen in its web fits into a small but growing trend in discussions of animal cognition. Many animals interact with the world in certain complicated ways that don’t rely on their brains. In some cases, they don’t even use neurons. “We have this romantic notion that big brains are good, but most animals don’t work this way,” said Ken Cheng, who studies animal behavior and information processing at Macquarie University in Australia.

via getpocket.com

I like most creatures but spiders, not so much.


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I'm Officer i/c spiders in our house.

I was in Oz too, where: "The funnel web spider is native to Australia and it's regarded as the world's most dangerous arachnid because it can kill in just 15 minutes. There are around 30 species of funnel spider and just one bite can be fatal to humans. Between 1927 and 1981 there are thought to have been 15 deaths from bites."

Less deadly than flu, eh? Or letting young men drive cars.

Posted by: dearieme | Oct 13, 2020 11:38:57 AM