Originally posted by Phage
reply to post by Anamnesis
Pheromones do serve an evolutionary function. I asked what function these beams would have for the beamer. It seems it is only the beamee who could
derive any benefit. If you "feel" someone or something looking at you, can you distinguish between a lion and a lover?
Speculate away. But don't don't throw reason out the window. Remember, this is the Science forum.
[edit on 4/9/2010 by Phage]
Just to add to this. "occular Power" lets call it could be one of the deciding factors in figuring out who is the top male lion in a prode. Among
The simpliest is, haveing both eyes faceing forward allows a predator to judge distance EXTREMELY better than the prey with eyes on each side of the
skull. Thats benifit one, always has been. But has little well actually nothing to do with "occular power"
You may say but why allow energy to pass through the eyes and make it easier for the prey to sense you? Well I'd say that cannot be helped. You need
eyes to see, and this is something every being predator or prey, must deal with. How would a species evelve to rid themselves of this supposed
"occular power", maybe a one way membrane that covers the open eye, that allows light and energy and everything in, but nothing out? But then there
would go our chances of EVER becomeing telepathic, if we began useing even 50% of our brains power.
But thinking on this it can also works against the prey.If the prey is hiding from a predator, and doesn't know where the predator went. Ever play
hide and seek, you never ever want to look at the person who is looking for you, the minute you do they stop and turn right around and look up at the
tree your in, Behind them no less!
To get into the more bizzaar possible benifits of forward eyes and "occular power"
Notice when a young lion tries to overtake the ruling lion. The fight usually starts off with a good staredown and some posturing. Then when/if he
loses he lowers his head and will not make eye contact with the victor.
This goes for many different species of animanls, bears, wolves well any predatory animal basically which has a social heirarchy.
Thats is just one very quick and raw idea of what use "Occular power" might have for the predator.
A good stare could also be used by a predator as a bluff, and allow him to escape a situation where he might be outnumbered.
Think of why many prey: take Butterfly's and/orMoths, have evolved big large spots on thier wings that look like huge eyes as a defense mechanism.
(hmm this example may be undermining my own argument but who cares, we are just tossing around ideas).
As someone pointed out Skeptics are needed to keep theorists in check.
Thankfully we have Phage here to keep us in check. Sure it's annoying when someone is mostly right, and rarely wrong. But hey, we should be thankful,
as he does not do it in any condescending fashion that I've ever seen.
So perhaps for now, Phage is right and there are more drawbacks for haveing this power(if it exists) than there are advantages(in the animal Kingdom).
But perhaps it might be different for Humans.
I do believe the "Eyes Are the Windows to the Soul", and there is much, much, much more we have to learn about useing our brains full capacity,
along with our senses, mainly our sight and how we could speak to one another just by looking at eachother(ie telepathy), perhaps touch also(ie
telekenisis). But we are quickly becoming "unplugged" as the man in the video said. With out big city living ,and our technology, we have unplugged
our selves from Mother Earths Energy. That I do believe, and I'm not even a tree hugger or a pot smoker. :p Well maybe a closet tree-hugger? But I do
so love my computer and video games
Anyhow S+F for bringing up this very interesting topic.