A bizarre story from National Public Radio. Desert ants appear to count their steps from nest to food source, and then count their way back again! Yes, you read that right. Some ants count. Here’s the link to the story:
And I found this at YouTube:
Here’s my question: Are ants conscious of their counting? In other words, are the pedometer cells in their brains just functioning like a machine, or are ants in any way recursively feeling the pleasurable rhythm of the count—like a piece of music in their heads—and then stopping when the “beat” stops? Surely they don’t have different conscious feels in their head for each step (one, two, three), do they? Or perhaps each step gives off an internal musical note (gong, goot, teek). What is it like to be an ant “singing” or “hearing” a pace in its head—or “counting” out a stride?
What is it like to be an ant?
And when you step on a desert ant are you interrupting a song—a rhythm—a count?