|6090||MAKING SENSE||MAKING SENSE||1989||color||27 min||vhs|| (Supersense series, Part 6)
Do animals think in some human sense of the word, or are they totally instinctive creatures? Examines this age-old question. The consensus is that animals do seem to combine learning with instinct. A cygnet instinctively knows to follow the first moving object it sees--its mother. When wildebeest migrate to greener pastures, the smell of rain may serve as a guide, along with a strong instinctive drive. But a collective learned wisdom also seems to be transmitted to young herd members as part of the process. Other famous migrators supplement directional instinct and sensing abilities with visual-mental mapping.