Allocation of skills and functions to the
mimicry / apprenticeship mechanisms
These are the skills that are learned by mimicking an adult individual. This
kind of learning by mimicry is likely illustrated after imprinting. There
are other examples associated with packs and herds.
We illustrate with international folk dancing, where most of the dances are
still taught by relying mostly on mimicry.
Parts of the mechanism for evolution:
- Decrease variation: selection of master / teacher
- Increase variation: incorporation of material from experimental discovery & learning by the teacher
- Simultaneous mimicry (shadowing)
- Performance of learned behaviour without visual observation of a simultaneous performance by the master
Skills: to model as illustration
- Folkdancing: sequential and layered mimicry
Prerequisites for the mechanisms and processes of evolution:
- eye-hand and eye-foot coordination
- ear to throat & mouth coordination for communication & speech production
Mimicry-based functions for subsequent skills:
- Childhood babbling gradually converted to speech sounds and singing by mimicking sounds made by adults.
- Pointing and sounding out - learning names of objects by mimicry.
- Communication - both reception and emission - required for cooperation
- Timing - selection, starting, and stopping skills - for cooperation
- Tool use
- Tool manufacture and maintenance