Animals can be intelligent

October 29, 2008

Introduction

Animals are intelligent beings with varying levels of cognizance and intelligent choice making capability endowed by the creator for their sustenance. There have been umpteen number of experiments done on monkeys and rats and this is a well established fact. Here is another one which proves each species of animals have unique traits that nature has provided for their survival. Although this maynot make them as smart as humans they does prove a point that they are conscious living entity.

Cows can find North

Somehow, cattle seem to know how to find north and south, say researchers who studied satellite photos of thousands of cows around the world.

Most cattle that were grazing or resting tended to align their bodies in a north-south direction, a team of German and Czech researchers reports in Tuesday’s issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

And the finding held true regardless of what continent the cattle were on, according to the study led by Hynek Burda and Sabine Begall of the faculty of biology at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany.

“The magnetic field of the Earth has to be considered as a factor,” the scientists said.

This challenges scientists to find out why and how these animals align to the magnetic field, Begall said in an interview via e-mail.

“Of course, the question arises whether humans show also such a spontaneous behaviour,” she added.

The study sent Tina Hinchley, who with her husband Duane operates a dairy farm in the state of Wisconsin, to take a new look at an aerial photo taken of their farm a few years ago.

“The cows that were in the pasture were all over the place,” she reported. “Only about two-thirds were north-south,” she reported.

Two-thirds is close to what the researchers found in their look at 8,510 cattle in 308 pastures. In the study, 60 percent to 70 percent of cattle were oriented north-south, which Begall termed a “highly significant deviation from random distribution.”

Hinchley stressed that one factor that needs to be considered is cow comfort.

“They don’t like to get hot. Their body temperature is 102, (34 Celsius) and they are wearing black leather jackets, literally! If turning north-south would keep them cooler, they would stand that way.”

The research team noted that in very windy conditions cattle tend to face the wind, and have been known to seek out the sun on cold days. But they said they were able to discount weather affects in the study by analyzing clues such as the position of the sun based on shadows.

“This is a surprising discovery,” said Kenneth J. Lohmann of the biology department at the University of North Carolina. “Nothing like this has been observed before in cattle or in any large animal.”

However Lohmann, who was not part of the research team, cautioned that “the study is based entirely on correlations.

To demonstrate conclusively that cattle have a magnetic sense, some kind of experimental manipulation will eventually be needed.”

Joseph L. Kirschvink of the California Institute of Technology said he wondered if fences around the pastures could affect cattle orientation.
Passive alignment

Passive alignment of animals to magnetic fields has been reported in honeybees and termites, he noted. It requires some type of special sensory organ to detect the magnetic field.

“If they have evidence suggesting that mammals are using magnetic fields to orient their movements, this is very cool,” said Mark A. Willis, an associate professor of biomedical sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Willis, who was not part of the research team, added, “We have only in the last few years begun to understand the mechanisms underlying magnetic field orientation in birds and other smaller animals.” — AP
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Plants can feel too

The Debate over whether plants have feelings is about to be reopened with the publication of research by scientists in Italy and Germany. Their findings suggest that plants under threat can marshal a positively devilish measure of cunning. They communicate the danger to plants nearby; and also call in help from other creatures.

Biologists at the University of Turin and the Max Planck Institute in Jena were yesterday reported to have found evidence that plants sensed — and reacted to — the presence of hungry, leaf-chomping grubs. Their response was to emit an odour similar to lavender. This alerted other plants to the presence of a predator.But it also served to call in what modern military planners would term air support. Wasps, the natural enemies of grubs, were drawn by the odour to the plant where they either devoured the grub or injected it with eggs that later killed it.

The bulk of the 3-year project was devoted to studying Lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus), native of central and south America. But according to a report by the Italian daily La Republica researchers elicited similar reactions from maize, from the plant that yields cranberry or borlotti beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) and from other species.

The findings of their joint project are to be published in Plant Physiology, a review of the American Society of Plant Biologists. Not the least intriguing question raised by the study is whether, at the start of the process they describe, there is something that can be termed fear. The debate began in 1966 when a lie detector expert, Cleve Backster, connected a plant to a polygraph. He said the machine registered changes as soon as he began to contemplate burning the plant’s leaves.

Vedic Observer

According to Vedas all living entities have a subtle body other than the physical body consisting of Mind, Intelligence and the sense of Identification. They may be differ in capability from one species to another and even amongst the same species at lesser degrees. And when we talk of living we mean that they have a spirit soul that is non material and hence do not obey the physical laws known to us.
The Bhagavad Gita deals extensively in the subject of soul, mind and intelligence. For example BG 3.42 says The working senses are superior to dull matter; mind is higher than the senses; intelligence is still higher than the mind; and he [the soul] is even higher than the intelligence.

So the Christians concept of animals and plants being devoid of soul is insane. On research this concept seems to have been introduced by historical compulsions by deceptive Church people in connivance with the ruling elite.

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2 Comments

  • Nitai says:

    The creation of the Lord are wonderful. He has given us the most advanced system called human body. And he has given the birds capacity to fly. Alas we say its all by chance, and by saying that we would like to take the credit away from him.

  • gcetpass says:

    cows have power to absorb special sun rays known a go kiran or go rays thats why we call it go or gou. the raised part just above first legs absorbs that energy from sun and who ever touches a cow or put palms at this part can get chrged of that special rays absorbed. it can be researched. the western cows named as jersey does not have that raised part but in indian sub continent you can see a high mound like mass above the first legs in back bone part. its antenna to absorb sun rays having celestial energy. cow has liquid gold in her urine. its found in human semen and perhaps no where else. the horn material of cows is some what different than horns of other horny animals. indian seers see a good thing and add in the religious menu and enjoy the recipe .thats why vedic religion isstill alive and will live for ever. truth prevails and rest fades .

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Those who are devoid of learning, restraint, charity, knowledge, moral conduct, virtue and righteousness are virtually animals living in the garb of men, and burdening the Earth.

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