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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 7:56 pm    Post subject: The Brain of an Ant
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I was in my brother's swimming pool today, standing shoulder-deep by the side when I saw this tiny little ant. It was busily zig-zagging around along the rough concrete, getting close to the edge. When it reached the edge, I expected it to walk on the vertical surface as ants do. Instead, the ant fell in the pool!

For some reason it occurred to me that watching this ant was like God watching me as I busily struggled through life before creating my own deathly catastrophe. In a moment of compassion I scooped up the ant in my cupped hand and splashed it back upon the concrete.

It was dazed and confused, but the ant quickly shook off the water and struggled it's way to freedom. The only problem was it headed straight for the edge of the pool again! I thought to myself: "If you fall in again, I'm not saving you a second time."

Well, wouldn't you know it, that little ant went straight to the edge and fell in again! Shocked, I laughed and then splashed the ant away from me to meet it's demise.

I just hope that God is more patient than I am...

Les

p.s. Another interesting parallel is that during this calamity the ant actualy walked on water...

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 12:56 am    Post subject: Re: The Brain of an Ant
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I just hope that God is more patient than I am...

well...it depends if there is any "God"...great post, anyway Wink

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Maybe it was committing suicide.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

dazed and confused.... feels familiar. Rolling Eyes


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Maybe it's time for a new idiom: As stubborn as an ant.

I go back and forth between capturing bugs inside my house and freeing them, and saying "I've told you people to stay OUT!" and squishing them. Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Leads me to believe that...

Walking on water isn't always a sign of a superior being.

Determination can be a bad thing.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Danno Gee Ray wrote:

Walking on water isn't always a sign of a superior being.

if you drown you are inferior, if you don't you are superior Idea Wink

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 1:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

seraph wrote:
Danno Gee Ray wrote:

Walking on water isn't always a sign of a superior being.

if you drown you are inferior, if you don't you are superior Idea Wink


I you drown you are innocent, if you don't you're a witch!

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 2:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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I you drown you are innocent, if you don't you're a witch!

Stefan,
I remember reading something about someone able to walk on water but I don't recall He was called a witch Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 2:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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Antimon wrote:

I you drown you are innocent, if you don't you're a witch!

Stefan,
I remember reading something about someone able to walk on water but I don't recall He was called a witch Rolling Eyes


That's probably because he was a He. Wink

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Brain of an ant
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

seraph wrote:
Antimon wrote:

I you drown you are innocent, if you don't you're a witch!

Stefan,
I remember reading something about someone able to walk on water but I don't recall He was called a witch Rolling Eyes


You'we wight, he was called Wichard Wogers.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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Brain of an ant


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Computer modelling shows that even consciousness can be generated with very small neural circuits, which could in theory easily fit into an insect brain.


Interesting! (the computer modeling part that is)

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Oh, there are male witches, too.

The dude in question probably simply understood quantum mechanics and was able to grasp the probability linkages between his steps and the surface of the water. Or maybe he knew stuff about surface tension and atomic density that nobody else knew at the time.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Blue Hell wrote:
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Brain of an ant


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Computer modelling shows that even consciousness can be generated with very small neural circuits, which could in theory easily fit into an insect brain.


Interesting! (the computer modeling part that is)


Yeah that's an astounding claim! I'm not saying it's false, but I'm surprised to see it in such a casual remark.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Antimon wrote:
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bachus wrote:
Brain of an ant


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Computer modelling shows that even consciousness can be generated with very small neural circuits, which could in theory easily fit into an insect brain.


Interesting! (the computer modeling part that is)


Yeah that's an astounding claim! I'm not saying it's false, but I'm surprised to see it in such a casual remark.

/Stefan

I suspect that they are talking about the consciousness of your typical academic researcher, an infinite number of which could indeed fit onto the head of a pin.

For those whose heads are not firmly inserted into their own rectums, I suspect that the concept of consciousness is likely to be a bit bigger. xxsun banana

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Computer modelling shows that even consciousness can be generated with very small neural circuits, which could in theory easily fit into an insect brain.


I confess that I didn't find that particularly credible or even intelligible.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Just bumping this thread to the top because I like the ant story.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 6:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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Just bumping this thread to the top because I like the ant story.

Les


Me, too! Smile

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