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Respect

To Phil Donahue for sticking it to the class bully.

“Two things have doubled in the past year: the number of US soldiers killed in Iraq and the price of Haliburton stock.”

I’ve just been reading a fascinating story on NPR A Voluble Visit with Two Talking Apes.

Kanzi [the bonobo] also has developed a skill closely associated with human language, Fields says. It’s called theory of mind — and a growing number of researchers believe it is at least as important as grammar.

Theory of mind means recognizing that other people have their own beliefs and desires. It also allows someone to imagine the world from another person’s point of view.

Next up is to listen to writer Ken Foster talk about his memoir, Rescuing Dogs, and Learning from Them.

Hmm. I’ve just realised that if there are any O’Reilly fans out there reading this they might be insulted at the implied slight in posting a story about chimps straight after one on O’Reilly. Nope. I have far too much respect for the bonobo to do that.

Then there’s a rather odd article in The Times by Jeremy “love ‘im or loathe ‘im” Clarkson, Arrested just for looking weird:

The main problem I suspect is a complete lack of knowledge about the world. I asked people in the streets of Vegas to name two European countries. The very first woman I spoke to said: “Oh yes. What’s that one with kangaroos?”

Off on a tangent and filed under “Reasons why I love the internet, #42,921″: Trazy Anderson’s 94 x magnification photographs of Velcro being pulled apart and Scotch tape being pulled from a dispenser. Beautiful.

4 Responses to “Respect”

  1. Karan
    July 9th, 2006 22:29
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    Regarding the story to use to follow Bill O’Reilly, might I suggest one that features this fellow.

  2. daisy
    July 9th, 2006 23:28
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    Hah! Thank you Karan. Hehehe. Have added to my (ever growing) supply of “Pictures that paint a thousand words”.

  3. Alison
    July 10th, 2006 04:12
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    Wow. Phil Donahue actually rocks. Who knew?

  4. e
    July 10th, 2006 14:14
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    That O Reilly presenter guy was so horrible, objectionable and opinionated (clearly Fox is not where you get *balanced* news) that even if I’d agreed with his politics or viewpoint, I would have been shouting at the screen. Good old Phil- there’s obviously more to him than chat show host. It all makes me think of “The Stand” though- so polarised.

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