Re: "The Human Nature of Birds"

To: Ian Fraser <>,
Subject: Re: "The Human Nature of Birds"
From: Paul Foxworthy <>
Date: Thu, 02 Apr 1998 20:28:03 +1000
At 09:29 2/04/1998 +1000, Ian Fraser wrote:
>Just a slightly different perspective on the book "The Human Nature of
>Birds" by Theodore Xenophon Barber, to which Bonny Oliver gives such a plug.
>I was sent one for review on the ABC; I seem to remember totally dismissing
>it (which I have NEVER done, before or since, to a book) as
>pseudo-scientific codswallop. This is not intended as any disrepect to Bonny
>- simply that different people value different things. If I'd known that
>Bonny was searching for one, I'd have happily sent her mine!
>However, I'm now concerned that maybe I was unfair - I'll certainly look it
>up again, and would be curious to know if anyone else had a reaction to it.

There was a review of it in Nature Australia, the magazine published by the
Australian Museum, which came to the same conclusion as Ian. I'll dig up
the issue if anyone's interested.


Paul Foxworthy
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