From the E-Team Five, over the last 30 years, our family has grown around the world and includes many animals and characters, designed and tested for children’s education.
THE ANIMALS OF THE E-TEAM
Our personalities have a lot to say about how we think and perceive the world around us, and how we live our lives – and the animals that share the planet with us have personalities too. Earth’s animals have inherent worth and value that merit human acknowledgement and respect.
In the wild, survival relies on the ability of older generations to impart their knowledge to younger generations. Elephant herds with older matriarchs have higher survival rates because the elder elephants can recognise and respond to the signs of drought or other oncoming natural disasters. Learning from the past is important for humans too, especially in an age where technology and media run rampant. Moving forward is a wonderful thing, but we should also respect the wisdom of those who came before us.
Dolphins call each other by name, elephants comfort upset friends, and monkeys use tools. In many animals their ability to hear far surpasses that of humans. They also spend time listening before they react to situations, something many humans could also benefit by doing.
The world’s animals certainly have enemies, but ultimately supporting each other is the key to survival. Scientists have found that birds flock, bees swarm, lions have social cliques because it maintains the stability of the ecosystem, and groups of animals are less likely to become the victim of predators. Being able to set aside differences and work together for mutual benefit is an incredible skill.
There are many more instances that show that humans are not as different as they might think. There is much that humans could learn from animals – especially in today’s world.
Long ago, in ‘The Once and Future King’ Merlyn (a Wizard) chose to educate Wart (the future King Arthur) by instructing him in morals and ethics – providing the boy with opportunities to experience how other creatures lived and how different societies functioned.
After reading about Arthur’s humble childhood in ‘The Sword in the Stone’ few would expect the timid Wart to later extract the fabled Excalibur from a stone and become king of Britain – and later prove that a single person can change the course of history.
Merlyn’s learning opportunities consisted of transforming Wart into different kinds of animals – a fish, a hawk, an ant, an owl, a goose, and a badger. Wart experienced different aspects of life and leadership, and had his mind opened to previously unimagined possibilities.
Man has long dreamed of being able to communicate better with the Earth’s creatures, and has formed some remarkable relationships with dolphins, dogs, parrots and apes – animals that seems to understand us and carry out tasks never ceases to amaze.
In more modern times – on July 7, 2012 -a prominent international group of cognitive neuroscientists, neuro-pharmacologists, neuro-physiologists, neuro-anatomists and computational neuro-scientists gathered at The University of Cambridge to reassess the neuro-biological substrates of conscious experience and related behaviors in human and non-human animals. This conference resulted in a ground-breaking ‘The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness’
Observations had previously made it known to us that animals possess the ability to adapt to their surroundings by learning to change their habits and actions, and many species also form social groups. These behaviours are based on the animal’s capacity to process information and provide us with opportunities to appreciate the life patterns and relative intelligence of different species. It is hoped that members of The E-Team will help enhance our understandings.