Surely that environment primed me for the experience. The mostly likely explanation is that I had a kind of moral hallucination. But it's changed the way I've seen ravens since. I attribute self awareness to them. When they caw what I hear is laughing ... at a ground bound inferior like me.
Reading _Mind_of_the_Raven_ only reinforced this feeling.
How about this video, are they playing?
The New Caledonia Crow is getting a lot of study for its puzzle-solving abilities.
Kings 17:2-6 “2 Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah: 3 “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. 4 You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.”
5 So he did what the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. 6 The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.”
Though they have much smaller brains, there is evidence to suggest that their brains are 10x more computationally dense.
I showed it to her and the first thing out of her mouth was, “Is Facebook listening to me?”
Then I had to explain that HN is human-powered and the chances of Big G and Facebook and HN sharing data is pretty close to zero.
I'm fairly certain Google is listening in to conversations for ad targeting. I think your case is serendipity!
Do you know why you thought about adopting a dog randomly? Are you confusing cause and effect? Perhaps you were really being shown dog ads for six (or sixty) days and only noticed it for five.
I say this not to dismiss the fear of recording, but to raise that recording is kind of a lazy rationalization that tech companies probably favor over the other, more realistic explanation.
The idea that the ads have changed your behavior without you realizing is far more creepy. They don't have to listen to what you say because they influenced you to say it.
I never Google dog photos or anything dog related really. I have no real reason to. Also, all the ads are see are usually either finance related or tech related. The huge influx of dog adoption adverts was most certainly an anomaly. I dismissed it the first time, but the second time, it was harder to put it down to chance.
I could be wrong, and maybe they aren't listening in, however at this point, I can't say with certainty that they're not. My suspicion is officially raised!
Game of Thrones ;) ?
We need to tell them apart for we might get mixed messages.
My guess is most humans run two quick analyses: 1) what is the cost of seeing if the short tool can be made to work and 2) what is the cost of retrieving the more distant long tool using the short tool. Human/primate efforts would seem to begin with tool use before escalating to metatool use.
All seven of the New Caledonian crows in the experiment engaged in metatool use on their first attempt; only some of them successfully retrieved the second tool but none of them trialed simple tool use.
However, during the detailed analysis it was noted that varying colors of paints appeared on the bird's beaks and claws. By analyzing these paint residues it was determined that 98% of the crows had been killed by impact with trucks, while only 2% were killed by an impact with a car.
MTA then hired an Ornithological Behaviorist to determine if there was a cause for the disproportionate percentages of truck kills versus car kills.
The Ornithological Behaviorist very quickly concluded the cause: when crows eat road kill, they always have a look-out crow in a nearby tree to warn of impending danger.
The scientific conclusion was that while all the lookout crows could say "Cah", none could say "Truck."
4K POV of an eagle soaring through the Alps
Strange. I would have guessed Huginn and Muninn.
I remember how nascent the tech was when they first started releasing it in 2011ish and it's incredible how good it is now. Really awesome stuff.
> intended as a mark of erudition of the gentlemen able to use them correctly rather than for practical communication
more helpful, as it spends more time showing you both (and obviously you can hear the sounds).
“If you see a raven, and there’s only one of them,
that’s a crow that is. If you see a crow and there’s lots of them, that’s a raven, that is”.
Easier to tell the difference if you can gauge the size. This picture with a 1 foot ruler is helpful:
I think most of us would assume that wolf pups have an innate scavenging ability; this is probably wrong.
> It is smaller than the American Crow and has a more nasal call, but it is so similar that the two may in fact be the same species.
I didn't even realize that my area had an apparently different crow than everywhere until I bought a birding book.
It's been really interesting to talk to birders I trust about this. The rough consensus is, most people think they're the same species and will get merged back together soon, but some are very attached to the distinction between the two, haha.
Birds are so cool! I think it's fascinating that we're still learning new things about this stuff all the time.
Another possibility is that you looked like a former 'enemy' of crows. Crows can remember people who mess with them for up to two years and seem to be able to communicate that information among their peers. There is an excellent documentary about that behavior and it may have even been about scientists in the BC area.
They wore masks to test whether the information could be passed down from generation to generation. They found one crow offspring that still recognized the mask its parents had been trained on.
I believe it was called "The Intelligent World of Crows". It was excellent.
Also, the raven is the only one that repeats "Nevermore!'
It's probably a raven.
...Here's the thing...