Just how do we know? How do we find stuff out. Knowledge acquisition has changed over the years. Almost as fast as the knowledge itself. Let's think about this a bit. I will use a recent observation as my example.
"Most gulls don’t bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight – how to get from shore to food and back again. For most gulls, it is not flying that matters, but eating."
“Why is it,” Jonathan puzzled, “that the hardest thing in the world is to convince a bird that he is free, and that he can prove it for himself if he’d just spend a little time practicing? Why should that be so hard?”
|First You Find the Right Stick|
|Down It Goes|
What is going on here? Play? Training? And how do we know. Well, that brings me back around to why I started this in the first place. How do we know what we now. We Observe (see above.) We also find out what others already know. We research. Now research has gotten very different lately. WIKIPEDIA...... Maybe. As a start. But the Internet is filled with other places to find out stuff.
What is this "stick dropping?" Or am I the first to ever see this behavior. I think not. Let's look!
The authors conclude it is PLAY. They go on to discuss the costs of play, and some of the benefits as well. If you take the benefits into account you really can't rule out training. But then again there are many behaviorists and education researchers that argue play is always a form of training. Benefits of Play Web Site
It is how we learn, how we know stuff!!!!!!
|The PLAY is the thing.......|