Monday, March 30, 2009

Einstein: The Amazing Parrot

If you haven't heard of TED.com yet, you're missing out. There's a plethora of fascinating video lectures available for free, streaming right into your browser. Jane Goodall, Dan Dennett, Dr. Brian Cox, Tim Berners-Lee, Jill Bolte Taylor, Hans Rosling.. all of these lecturers have brilliant little 20-minute clips available for your viewing pleasure. Treat yourself, and check it out. Then, become addicted, and enlighten your mind.

From a pureley entertaining perspective, this nice little clip of Einstein, an African Grey Parrot, illustrates the magic of communication and how humans and animals can learn to interact. It isn't so much a display of intelligence as it is a demonstration of how animals can learn to manipulate humans to get what they want.


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