Learning by looking – social learning

17/11/2014

I saw a piece yesterday on a David Attenborough program about Archer fish – the young learn quite a complex hunting technique – shooting water at prey on branches above the surface – and they do it by following and watching the older fish. After a few days of watching – without actually practicing  – they go off on their own and are able to shoot accurately themselves – just by watching.

Seems to me that we could and should learn how to do this in our Tai Chi – maybe watching Youtube videos is a good idea after all. But don’t forget to practice as well just to be on the safe side!

Here’s a couple of links on the subject:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16488871

http://www.eastscotbiodtp.ac.uk/archerfish-model-sophisticated-social-learning

 

 

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