||[Oct. 2nd, 2006|09:02 pm]
8 or so bees in my bonnet
|||||jhelisa - a primitive guide to being there||]|
To a teacher of languages there comes a time when the world is but a place of many words and man appears a mere talking animal not much more wonderful than a parrot.
- Joseph Conrad
saw 'what makes us human?' last night.
a fascinating insight into what makes homo sapiens
such a successful, intriguing and dangerous species.
from memes to mutants,
mimicry to meaning,
viral marketing to suicide bombing.
armand leroi is our guide:
not so over-enthusiastic as to be annoying
but obviously engrossed in his subject.
it's philosophy for biologists
and biology for philosophers
i was particularly taken with congo,
a chimp with a penchant for abstract expressionism,
and alex the grey parrot, who has to be seen to be believed.
not so special after all, eh?
but of course congo couldn't tell you that,
he'd rather give you a banana.