Big History Project
- READ: Collective Learning (Part 1)
- WATCH: Why Human Evolution Matters
- WATCH: The Common Man (H2)
- WATCH: Early Evidence of Collective Learning
- ACTIVITY: Claim Testing – Collective Learning
- READ: Gallery — What Makes Humans Different?
- Quiz: Collective Learning
ACTIVITY: Claim Testing – Collective Learning
You should be familiar with this activity from previous lessons. Continuing to practice your claim-testing skills is really important in this and other courses.
In this claim-testing exercise, you’re going to make determinations about whether or not these claims about collective learning are true or false:
- An example of collective learning can be seen when a lioness teaches her cubs to hunt.
- Humans are the only species with the ability to learn collectively.
- Collective learning should not be defined as the sixth threshold of increasing complexity.
Do you agree or disagree with these claims? Why?
For Further Discussion
Pick one claim and decide if you think it’s true or false. Then, in the Questions Area below, explain why you think that claim is true or false (don’t forget to provide the original claim). After that, comment on someone else’s claim and provide evidence that either supports or refutes that person’s assertion.
Want to join the conversation?
- They drew a lot of stuff! Why? is it for a reason?(2 votes)
- Well the fact that they drew a lot is very intresting because they were doing something that they didn't need to do to survive. I think this could've been a start to communicating and collective learning.(3 votes)
- "Collective learning should not be defined as the sixth threshold of increasing complexity". Actually collective learning is more like continuous energy more than a particular threshold. We really don't know when or what made it appear. It is a really mystery of history(1 vote)