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planarian worms skakos

Planarian “cannibal” worms eating other trained planarian worms, learn much faster how to behave under certain conditions than other worms who did not eat trained worms! It is like the knowledge of the eaten ones is transferred to the cannibals! (12 – see file “McConnell 1962 _ Planarian worms”, 3)

This is the startling conclusion of well publicized experiments by James V. McConnell.

Although there are some other explanations for these results (4) the point is that “something is going on”. (see here for a “manual” on how to run your own experiments with cannibal worms)

We used to laugh at tribes cannibalizing the enemies to gain their knowledge.
Now we know that knowledge can be edible.
Not sure why.
Not sure how*.
But it seems it is.
Old “primitive” tribes, you can have your dignity back!

* Could a purely materialistic explanation give the solution to this? Could memory be transferred by chemistry? Could an immaterialistic explanation be the solution? Could a trained worm have matter more “ready” to accept the invisible “consciousness” waves existing out there? Who knows…

Author: skakos

Spiros Kakos is a thinker located in Greece. He has been Chief Editor of Harmonia Philosophica since its inception. In the past he has worked as a senior technical advisor for many years. In his free time he develops software solutions and contributes to the open source community. He has also worked as a phD researcher in the Advanced Materials sector related to the PCB industry. He likes reading and writting, not only philosophy but also in general. He believes that science and religion are two sides of the same coin and is profoundly interested in Religion and Science philosophy. His philosophical work is mainly concentrated on an effort to free thinking of "logic" and reconcile all philosophical opinions under the umbrella of the "One" that Parmenides - one of the first thinkers - visualized. The "Harmonia Philosophica" articles program is the tool that will accomplish that. Life's purpose is to be defeated by greater things. And the most important things in life are illogical. We must fight the dogmatic belief in "logic" if we are to stay humans... Credo quia absurdum!

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