Bird Brains and Memory Chips

We have to be amazed at the memory capacity of modern computers. The fact that so much memory can be stored in such a small space is a tribute to the men and women who design and build these marvelous machines that have so radically impacted our lives.

Brain with energy radiating from the top One of the things that the capacity of computers tells us is that the brains of living things cannot be the result of chance. Birds are a classic example of incredible storage of memory. Recent studies of Clark's nutcracker, for example, have shown that a single bird can store 33,000 pi–on nuts in thousands of caches during the late summer. During the winter, the birds not only find and eat a vast number of these nuts, but also never return to a cache they have emptied.

  It has always been assumed that birds find the nuts by random searching or by smell, but behavioral studies have not shown random searching nor repetitive behavior. The brain of these nutcrackers is the size of a pea, and much other information besides nut location is stored there.

Electronic chips, resistors, capacitors Memory chips require a very intelligent engineer to not only structure the storage locations, but to load the data and then retrieve it. These bird brains are more complex than the best chips--designed by an engineer of great intelligence and using practical techniques of recall. Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them (Matthew 6:26).

--Reference: Scientific American, March, 1983, Bioscience, June, 1983.

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