I watched the beetle pinch off the wood pieces before I realized I should be recording it. For a (robot) beetle to "know" what to do, and how to do it with no supervisor... makes me wonder how "evolution" made it work so smart. It clearly has an agenda, and "knows" where, and how, else it is a puppet being manipulated by invisible strings... Duuh..
Besides that! Normally this work goes on in the dark, 24 hours a day with no lunch breaks, or whatever. It never gets vacation. Clearly they need a labor union.
Months later, and lots of discussions with others who review this miracle, the common conclusion is that the laborer never makes mistakes, and it always knows where the hole is, or whatever is its purpose for moving "stuff". It has to be conscious! ...or at least consciousness is guiding it. That has to be true even in total darkness. Since it has no brain, it has no "visual perception" that we understand as sight. Yet it is "aware" of where it is going without being able to "see" destination.
Until recently, I never pondered the hole. I consider the working beetle down in the depths of dirt and rotting roots. How did beetle 'know' it needs a pathway from the dark and dirty depths to accomplish transforming the hard wood above into manageable particles? ...and move them down the hole?
I have encountered various wood devouring beetles through the years when dealing with stump or wood pile removal. I was never privileged to see one "working", or performing it's "job". I have never understood (or cared about) how the beetle executes the "disposal" assignment in minute detail. The ambiguous term "instinct" is a cop-out!
Clearly a "puppet-master" caused a pathway to the visible world to be created and that provided the "worker" access to the next "workplace" where I could observe details and become amazed and record it.
Can you imagine what our living environment would be without natures cleanup crews? Deceased life forms from trees to flesh without a disposal process would be problematic to our existence. Even roaches are part of the cleanup crews with various specialties.
The common conclusion is that we not dare to describe the controller since the only evidence we see is "results". Hmmm.... we don't see things like "gravity" either, but we see results. How about things like "your mind" or "consciousness"? Ego? All we see is results. Should I consider things like emotions? Are they real science? If not science, then what?