It’s been a pretty remarkable year for true science without the Darwinian storytelling that is often times invoked into it.
For example, New Scientist suggested that waving by chimpanzees lead to well-known speeches like Dr. Luther King or the Sermon on the Mount. “Actions speak louder than words,” Nora Schultz proclaims. But if waving by chimps lead to human language through gradual steps then why did chimps and apes remain in a simplistic vocabulary?
In science this week, scientists discovered that pigeons have intelligence that either matches or exceeds the intelligence of chimpanzees! If waving of chimps lead to human language, then why wouldn’t it be inferred that humans evolved from birds?
“Although many animals are able to discriminate stimuli differing in numerosity, only primates are thought to share our ability to employ abstract numerical rules. Here, we show that this ability is present in pigeons and that their performance is indistinguishable from that displayed by monkeys.”
How can one explain pigeons of all birds having such advanced intelligence equal to or surpassed those of chimps? You invoke a story, which is what Tom Weller did. He suggested there was a common ancestor that was some kind of early dinosaur. Stories like these sound more scientific than the hard data trying to confirm it and of course if fossils exist why not use circular reasoning within the story to fill in the falsified expectations of birds and chimps.
Speaking of animals, many great experiments and studies were conducted in 2011. Biomimetics (the imitation of nature) continues to show promise in advancing technology for the benefit of mankind. Darwinism holds no importance in advancing this part of science (like many other parts). For example, tree leaves that give ideas for solar cells. The skin of shark can reduce friction. Weed burrs that inspire Velcro while whale flippers inspire models for better designed turbine blades!
In a more recent study, the study of bats and dolphins with their designed “biosonar” which still far exceeds human navigational machinery out there today. Scientists would like to improve upon the human designs so they studied this more closely at Tel Aviv University where they analyzed echoes the way animals do, looking for all the information bats and dolphins are able to obtain from sound.
It is quite amazing and great science! Looking forward to 2012 which is going to be another great year in science, and promises to reveal more astounding discoveries than ever before!