Intelligent dogs and ants
Some 20 years ago I collected wood ants (trämyror) which were about to destroy
a tree. When I came to the city, I let the ants loose in my bath. I smeared
margarine along the upper sides of the bath so the ants could not come out of
I arranged rotten wood for the ants to eat. The big ones went inside the wood.
Still groups of tree with two larger ants and one small one commanding the two
bigger ones wandered at the bottom along the sides of the bath trying to climb
up the sides.
I went to work in day time. I had let the ants loose on Sunday evening. The ants
tried all means to get out of the bath. But with no success. So on Thursday
when I came home from work there was a change.
The ants were constructing a ladder of ants. Ants standing on top of each other
and all the time new ants climbing to the top of the ladder and stopping there
standing still. The ladder grew fast while I looked on! There would only take less
than an hour and all the ants would escape and invade the house. So I killed them
all quickly with hot water.
One day I gave the ants some white sugar. After a while those ants who had eaten
sugar got sik and died. The surrounding ants were very emphatic trying to heal
and caress the sic ones.
When the sic ants died they were carried to an area in the middle of the bath.
Earlier some year when collecting the same kind of ants attacking a house I put them
in a glass jar with some sand at the bottom and some short straws. It was very
interesting to see what a large difference in characters there was among ants. There
were some ants which were so afraid they only looked for shelter within the straws.
There were other ants which were very angry and attacked everything. There were
some very active ants trying all means to get out of the jar as soon as I opened the lid.
Now many years later I have found out that social animals (insects too) develop
individual characteristics as the community will gain from this. That happens when there is
danger or the surroundings are varying. Thus always some individuals will be saved.
On the contrary nonsocial animals develop without difference in individuals.
Last summer I followed one individual ant when it wandered and studied the surroundings.
It´s behaviour looked very intelligent. It wandered slowly and studied many different
items on the way. It stopped and looked around some times. Some moments it was
eagerly studying something. Other moments it just wandered lazily. Soon I lost it in the grass.
Insects like bees and ants can have 2 million cells in their brain. In Australia two scientists
studied the brain of the banana fly. They could measure the electricity in the brain while the
fly wandered. When there was no interesting to find the fly got tired. When there where interesting things the fly got excited and "happy". The scientists found the banana fly had
the same electronic charges in the brain as man has. And the banana fly has only 45
cells in its brain.
I had a dog named Tarkovski. When he was a pet I communicated much with him.
He often studied my face carefully trying to read my thoughts. He was very fond of
me. I taught him to make his own decisions. I just proposed things to him and he
made some sign to show what he wanted. Typically: When we came to a place where
the path divided in two, I asked him which way he wanted to go. He then showed
with his nose what he wanted. I could have my opinion and say sorry not this time.
One day in the forest the main path went in a bow to the leftt some 100 meters. And
there was a small path going straight. Tarkovski ran straight. I wandered along the
main path. After a while Tarkovski was running in the landscape towards a point on
my path further on. And he had counted exactly when I would reach that point. So
there we met. Me wondering: How did he make the calculations?
Tarkovski was very polite. In the late evening he might want to go out and piss.
After a while he wanted in again. He stopped outside the front door and barked
very quietly three times. That was the signal for us to open the door.
Once he was with me in the house of a friend and we had a small tea party.
When there was time to go out Tarkovski just quietly without any fuss and
nobody else observing pushed me with his paw very lightly.
Tarkovski could open all doors which were not locked. He just pulled open
the doors with the handle using his paw.
If I was unhappy Tarkovski understood it. And he did what he could to make me
lucky again. Tarkovski had a female dog friend. She lived some 500 meters away
on the other side of a field. When she died Tarkovski sat often mourning and
looking longing to her direction. He mourned for at least two years.
Once we met a group of ladies with dogs. But one dog was missing. Say its
name was like Elma. I said to Tarkovski "Go and bring Elma here!" And he
did it immediately, and brought Elma from the forest. He had not met Elma before.
Trakovski was very much listening to all what we said and always tried to
understand human language.
from photo by Niklas Bondestam
Why dinosaurs could be so big.
The enormous size of dinosaurs might not have been solved.
I know that they had many extreme features like lungs same as birds.
And hollow bones. There were also enormous flying dinosaurs.
It is claimed that the air had much more oxygen in those days.
Still the size seems unbelievable.
At the same time dinosaurs in China were miniature. And oxygen must have
been same levels there.
I think calculations of the movements of the moon are wrong. Instead of
having a very steady development of path, there can well have been a totally
other path of the moon at the time of the dinosaurs. And from some asteroid
collision the moon has changed path to the start of the modern path.
The same event that killed all dinosaurs can well have included the moon!
So during the dinosaur era animals at the area under the moon had very little
weight. And outside the moon´s gravitation dinosaurs were very heavy.
As the moon was very low near earth. The little weight of dinosaurs can be
studied in dinosaur footpaths. In soft mud they just walked on the surface,
not sinking a meter down.
The moon never passed over Tibet or China. There dinosaurs had to be
small like birds of today as the moon added weight to them. But the moon
did not stand still in the sky. It move around over a huge area. Partly it was
more south in winter time and partly it went back and thru in weeks.
So dinosaurs had a long neck to be able to eat something when not helped
by the moon. They lay down pushing their head and neck along the surface.
The predator tyrannosaurus was possibly unable to move during this time
and had for weeks to eat the corpse of the animal it had killed.
The truth that birds of today cannot be very large indicates that the enormous
flying dinosaurs needed a moon for their flying. Probably they had to hibernate
when moon was away. Or they flew around following the moon!
When the moon is not above the area.
Here is about how it was. In red, moon moved back
and thru and during the year more south or north.
Then one day a meteor (yellow) hit the earth and
ended the synchronization.
Moon went in a bow taking a part
of Antarctic to follow and went out in the high sky
to the path it has still today.
India had got the kick and is colliding with
Himalaya. Himalaya might have risen trying to
follow the moon.
As the pull of the moon ended - the Americas
are parting and Africa goes east.
Moon and earth moved connected
to each other so the moon was most
of the time above North and South America.