Fw: New BirdLife logo
Merrilyn Serong <>
Sat, 21 Jan 2012 15:39:21 +1100
I also listened to 'All in the mind' today and think it was very
relevant to bird behaviour and to the logo discussion. I'd recommend
anyone listen if they missed it. Fascinating stuff.
On 21/01/2012 4:24 PM, Wendy wrote:
just in case I am challenged on bird relevance in previous message
here are a couple of extracts from "All in the Mind" today ...
That's correct. So the argument is this is what if seagulls had an art
gallery they would han(d)g this long stick with the three red stripes
on the wall, they would worship it, call it a Picasso, pay millions of
dollars for it but not understand why. Because it doesn't resemble
anything, why am I mesmerised?"
"Then I came across the Australian bower birds and then I said "my
God, they are creating these amazingly beautiful bowers". The male
bower bird is a drab little fellow but as a sort of Freudian
compensation he creates these amazing bachelor pads which have got
archways, lawns and he decorates them with little berries, certain
coloured berries grouped into the red berries in one group, blue
berries in another group - there is symmetry, there is 'grouping',
there is colour contrast - all the aesthetic principles which we
deploy in our art, here's a bird brain deploying the same principles.
So not only are there aesthetic principles across cultures maybe even
across phylogenetic lines, across species. That's what I tell some of
the art historians whose start arguing with me about, 'how can there
be artistic universals?'"
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