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Another famous example of animal learning in an equally simple creature is the case of the sea slug. A more contemptibly basic animal is hard to imagine. It is slothful, small, simple and silent. It has a minute brain and it lives its life of eating and sex with an enviable lack of neurosis. It cannot migrate, communicate, fly or think. It just exists. Compared with, say, a cuckoo or even a bumble bee, its life is a cinch. If the idea that simple animals use instincts and complicated ones learn is right, then the sea slug has no need of learning.

Yet learn it can.

— M. Ridley "Genome. The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters"
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