IQ, Earthworms, and Green Porno

Tonight, I went to Case Western Reserve University’s monthly Science Cafe at the Great Lake Brewery in Cleveland, Ohio. While nursing a “Burning River” pale ale and intently listening to Dr. Joseph Fagan’s research on IQ as an early determinant of mental retardation in infants, I was intrigued to learn that novelty seeking behaviors, such as the phenomenon of attending to new faces, is evident across species (and in this case Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, and Genus); earthworms seek novelty as well. After utilizing the “pegboard hypothesis” of memory recall, this trivial fact about earthworms reminded me of another trivial fact about earthworms; I recommend watching the short Sundance films on courting and mating behaviors in earthworms and other insecta titled “Green Porno”.

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