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Watson, Lyall - Animals and shared function

Identifier

014547

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

Watson ppstulated that the function was somehow broadcast via inter composer communication, but it has no need to be.  If we treat the spiritual world like a vast storage area, the functions and data accumulated there are accessible via any individual belonging to that hierarchy - like the programs on the World wide web that can be accessed and used if you have need of them.

One of the most quoted observations which tends to be cited to ‘prove’ this form of shared access to learned function is that of the Japanese monkeys……………

Lyall Watson - Supernature…... In a population of monkeys on one of the Japanese islands who have learned to take sweet potatoes down to the sea and wash them …. it seems a second group of monkeys on a neighbouring island have recently and unaccountably also begun rinsing their food.

Unfortunately, from what I gather from reading the huge amount of correspondence that surfaced as a result of this statement – it is now regarded as an apocryphal story.  Whether it was or not is another thing, but the forces of denial were against Watson on this one, so we will have to let it stand as an unknown.

On the whole it appears to be quite difficult to provide evidence that other scientists will believe about an animals’ ability to access shared functions simply because animals cannot talk!  As such I found it easier to look at the experiences of humans in this respect.

A description of the experience

Lyall Watson - Supernature

A habit must become widespread before it can be incorporated into the repertoire of a species, and it could be spread and stabilised very effectively by some kind of [inter communication] system.  Without [this] it is difficult to see how an elaborate instinctive pattern can develop at all in invertebrate animals that are highly unlikely to acquire new habits by 'imitation or by tradition'.......................

Some changes in behaviour and body form [in species] took place in a comparatively short space of time, and it is difficult to see how this could have been achieved in every case just by the trial and error experiments of occasional adventurous individuals.  New ideas can spread by imitation, [however] here there are problems …...

[Talking about how new behaviour is so quickly learnt]

For a system of this kind to work, news of a new discovery would have to be generally broadcast in the same way as an alarm call and not confined to …cosy 2 ended …. contact................

 

The source of the experience

Watson, Lyall

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