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    other animals could do worse than to do the same thing.

    An animal neednít rely only on its own experience. It is surrounded by information, in the form of what others are doing. Animals pick that surrounding information up and use it to their own ends. At its most basic, this means imitating. One of the most powerful rules available to animals is that itís a good idea to do what others are doing. Most animals do not survive to adulthood, and many of those do not find a mate, breed, and raise offspring. So if they can see any animal that seems to be doing well, chances are it is doing something right, and other animals
    could do worse than to do the same thing. This, then, is how the nine-spined stickleback decides where to feed:

    This is hard to understand. Do it mean "other animals will do worse instead of doing well by doing the same thing"?
    other animals could do worse than to do the same thing.

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    Re: other animals could do worse than to do the same thing.

    No, it means that doing the same thing as the first animal is good. "They could do worse" is an understatement, or litotes.

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    Re: other animals could do worse than to do the same thing.

    Does it imply that "Other animals could do worse than if(when) they did the same thing"?

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    Re: other animals could do worse than to do the same thing.

    Yes.

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