Barry SCHWARTZ (Barijo ŜVARC) (chemoelectric) wrote,

The idiocy of creature features

Speaking of creature features, otherwise known as "nature programming," I like to watch them, but the scripts for these shows often are stupider than a pile of rocks.  At least a pile of rocks doesn't have or express any false knowledge.

I'm talking about--let's say it's lions--I'm talking about where you see the older lioness killing a delicious antelope,  after the younger lioness is shown trying and failing.  Or any of a number of other such carefully edited scenes.  The narrator tells us how the younger predator learns stalking by copying the older predator.

Give me a break!  Give me a puppy and let me raise it away from the company of older dogs; even so, the grown dog that results will know how to stalk.  Sure, it may be unpracticed at stalking, but the dog does not and will not learn by copying.  Copying is an innate capacity of humans, not well developed in animals.  Dogs and cats, on the other hand, have an innate ability to stalk.

We anthropomorphize wild predators, and then call ourselves "civilized."  Wonders never cease.

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