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Ants may be able to evaluate their own memories, according to an article to which I was pointed recently. Perhaps they should be credited with greater intelligence than we have accorded them, traditionally.

Free will puzzle

If free will is as illusory as some suggest here - - how do the philosophers concerned suggest that students might choose not to study the issue?


@deebs I now have no home feed, and the notifications seem not to show your reply.


@deebs For some reason, my Home and Federated tabs are all showing nothing after 03/04/2021. Is that something my end or with the server?

@deebs I must admit, I don't find this the easiest platform to use. I don't know if the character limit encourages a lack of depth. Never done Twitter, but I have heard similar comments about that. Then again, my limited social media use suggests it takes time and some effort to get anything useful out of it, and I've not been mooching round here that long...

@deebs What's the general feel about whether this experiment is worth the effort?

I get the impression the UKP contingent is not really using this. Not that there are that many of us active in any event

I’ve spent the day in a mindset of considerable annoyance over a mid-contract price rise on my broadband, and have finally signed up for a new supplier offering considerably faster speeds (moving to fibre for c. £12.00 a month less than I would be paying otherwise.

Tomorrow, however, I have a day off work, and may well be in the garden. Though there is a limit to what I can do until our garden waste bins are collected on Thursday (first collection of the season).

Kids! Even when they grow up they cause chaos. The crash from the kitchen about 10 minutes back was my son pulling out the hood above the hob to get the extractor fan going - and completely removing it from its hinges in the process. Ho hum...

Wood carvings

One is a Welsh lovespoon, historically a gift from a male to the object of his affections.

The other is a carving of owls and a cat in a tree, obtained from a market in Zakopane, Poland. The owls have eyes created by shallow drill holes with deeper drill holes in the centre - the result is that the eyes follow you as you walk past the item.

Signs of Spring

Crocus in the local park, mini-daffodils in the garden (demonstrating what you can do with an old birdbath that is past its bird-bathing days).

Self awareness??

My question - how can we say what “self awareness” might exist when we have no way of knowing how other creatures think. Of one thing I am reasonably sure - a lot of species are cleverer than we credit.

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