Is learning only for the conscious species?
This is an intriguing forum query to know whether the act of learning is restricted solely to the conscious species? How do you define a conscious species and are humans alone of this kind?
Scientists conducted an experiment. They give a dead locust to a wasp. The wasp happily brings it to its hole to eat and lay eggs in it. Now the wasp knows to search its hole for freefeeders and invaders, because evolution taught it so. The wasp checks its hole for another hidden insect and then stores the locust in its hole. Scientists would move the locust out a bit with tongs. The annoyed wasp would come and hide the locust in the hole again. It once again checks the hole. Scientists moved the locust again. The wasp once again retrieves it and checks the hole once again.
This post made me think of consciousness and the above experiment gave me views about it. Animals which we don't generally call conscious too, can show complex behavior it learns over course. And I also learnt that repeated intelligent actions are tantamount to stupidity.