An excerpt from Bekoff’s essay, “Emotional Honeybees and Brainy Jellyfish” (150) (Originally posted on Psychology Today online JUNE 18, 2011)

“Jellyfish also have been in the news. They’re much more than plasma and poison. These ancient multiorgan carnivorous animals are much more than mindless protoplasm. They possess a complex visual system that allows them to navigate the swamps in which they live and have what can be called a central nervous system and a brain. They’re not merely passive floaters, and the behavior patterns they exhibit are not simple reflexes but rather well-organized. For example, when they’re staring into the heavens, they’re actually seeking navigational guidance.” [my emphasis]

Am I the only one who finds that wonderful?




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