new photo blog

i started this blog in 2006, and it's shifted along with my interests through the years. it's been witness to a lot of learning for me...

still, i feel that i need a home for my photography -- so from now on, i'll be posting my pictures on the journal on my reworked website. if you like my photos, you might decide to follow me there!

my first post is here -- check it out!

as for this blog, i'm not sure what will happen. i don't think i'm willing to let it go, and certainly i'll keep it as an archive, but i need some time to figure it out.

for those of you that pop in from time to time, thanks for the visits and encouragement.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

lucy and kanzi on radiolab

i just spent an hour listening to this radiolab podcast which features two stories of beings that blurred the boundaries between humans and other animals.

i remember reading about lucy temerlin, the chimpanzee, when i was a teenager in the 70s, in carl sagan's the dragons of eden. lucy grew up among humans and learned sign language.

the creators of the podcast, as always, do a great job of telling this fascinating, sweet, and ultimately heartbreaking story.

pictures of lucy:
(don't miss the final picture of... a hug...)

click image to source at the great ape trust

the second part of the podcast is all about kanzi, the bonobo... who speaks english!

the striking thing about both these stories isn't about the mechanics of eating, clothing or language... it's how humans and primates coexist and interact in a newly created intermediate culture in which the interpersonal relationships between beings matter more than the particular differences between species.

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