Why Cats Meow
Another piece of research which has been carried out in recent years, that is also pertinent to what we have been talking about, are some experiments on mice. Experiments on laboratory mice is of course nothing new, some of which may well be more or lesser in importance and indeed greater or lesser disputable in ethics.
However, the research that I am speaking about here, are the experiments to do with teaching mice tricks, or certain behaviours. Mice are I presume much of a muchness so far as individual mouse intelligence goes; like people there are obviously exceptions but, by and large mouse behaviour, when stretched out over large numbers and study groups, can be logged pretty accurately and averages can be predicted reliably.
What was found in these studies was, that although the mice were not connected in anyway, nor related, and located in different parts of the world, the mice would continuously learn new tasks quicker depending on whether these same tests had been previously carried out in other laboratories, in other parts of the world. Therefore, if tests were carried out in London on a Monday, seeing how long it took a group of mice to find their way through a new labyrinth to find a piece of cheese, if the same tests with an identical maze was carried out in Melbourne on the Tuesday, to mice, different but similar in type, the Australian rodents would complete the task quicker. It could obviously be put down to coincidence. But, after having carried out multiple tests, involving multiple laboratories, coincidence no longer seems a viable option.
So, what is interesting about this is not that we have brighter mice in certain laboratories and thicker ones in other parts of the world, but it is rather the order of the testing which was the significant factor rather than the location or mouse.
Apparently the mice were able to learn collectively, irrespectively of where they were logistically. So, if you teach a mouse a task in London one day, and the same task in Melbourne the next day, the Melbourne mouse would learn it quicker.
The only possible explanation to these findings, is that the mice have some kind of common memory, and that there is some kind of connection between mice all over the world, which is not just down to DNA, genes, nor environment, but rather some kind of external transcendental relatedness between them.
Wacky? Perhaps. But when you think about other things in our own lives, such as why kids learn how to use modern technology much quicker than we did, or how birds know how to migrate, or why a cat knows how to be a cat and meow even when it’s been brought up in complete captivity, the jigsaw pieces seem to fit into place. Morphic resonance ? Well …