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It's an interesting fact that during WW2, and well into the 1960's, both the U.S. military, and Caterpillar, used "comic-book" style training booklets, with colourful picture images, to assist in troop training, and in plant operator training.

It was proven that these comic-book style booklets improved students learning rapidly, particularly where large classes were being taught, and where it was impossible to target individual students who needed learning assistance.

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44 minutes ago, onetrack said:

It was proven that these comic-book style booklets improved students learning rapidly

Simple application of the process whereby animals gain information. Homo sapiens is the only animal that has been able to take noise making for communication beyond a very basic aid to survival. However, we gain more information about our environment through our eyes, and to a lesser extent smell, touch and hearing. And then there's the old adage, a picture is worth a thousand words. 

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Whales speak to each other over large distances. Here's one for you, OME. How does a flock of birds or a school of fish know how to turn as if they are ONE entity? Nev

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Just like soldiers know when to wheel on the parade ground, when the marker issues the order to wheel. I reckon the flanking marker bird or fish probably makes the call. :classic_cool:

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Yes then the outer rows open up  and the inner ones mark time, but that doesn't happen with fish. They seem to act with one mind. Nev

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38 minutes ago, facthunter said:

How does a flock of birds or a school of fish know how to turn as if they are ONE entity?

Buggered if I know, but I'm not interested enough to research it.

 

However can you give examples of birds, bats and butterflies using sound to discuss the intricacies of how they are able to fly? 

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On 09/01/2021 at 12:08 PM, facthunter said:

How does a flock of birds or a school of fish know how to turn as if they are ONE entity

I did do some research later on and posted my results here

 

https://www.socialaustralia.com.au/topic/1369-theres-a-murmuration-in-the-air/?tab=comments#comment-48121

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Somehow birds do teach later generations how to avoid dangerous places.

The comic book teaching was used by Stitts in their handbook on covering planes.

OME talking about relative airflow could be long winded.

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2 hours ago, Yenn said:

Somehow birds do teach later generations how to avoid dangerous places.

I think all animals are able to pass on to their offspring a knowledge of the dangers of their environments. It is presumptuous of Man to think than no other animals can reason to some degree.

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Some examples of man are very deficient in the reasoning department. A lot wouldn't last long in the JUNGLE where if you don't keep your wits about you, you get eaten quickly. . Birds aren't that bright. A big brain needs a lot of food to keep it going .That extra mass means it can't fly long distances. Nev

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Birds aren't that bright.....

 

Nev, I've got a bunch of local crows who could prove you wrong on that point, on a regular basis. They might have small brains physically, but they lack nothing when it comes to figuring things out. And I sure wouldn't mind having their eyesight.

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As far as Birds go this place here is like Jurassic Park.  I'll stick to my thesis. Some birds are too stupid to get away from My wifes zero turn Mower. The foxes make mayhem with them. Most other birds don't like crows.  I think they pinch their eggs.. Nev

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This is online http://docshare01.docshare.tips/files/3422/34223648.pdf  but not Australian. Some might find it interesting.

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I reckon birds and fish have a faster reaction time than we do...  and the message has less distance to go. I sure agree it looks like they have one mind though.

The one thing I am sure of is that this could not be proof of ESP or suchlike.

A few years ago, Dick Smith put up a big cash prize for any psychic act. No takers!

The terrible thing is that Dick was criticized by "believers".

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