Fw: New BirdLife logo

Subject: Fw: New BirdLife logo
From: Merrilyn Serong <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2012 15:39:21 +1100
Hi Wendy,
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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