So anyway - the episode of RADIOLAB discusses the magic of human-whale communication - whales and elephants and such. I love it when something REAL comes on the radio! Reminds me of the REALITY of my wonderful relationship with Kurska - and the dog before her. http://www.wnyc.org/shows/radiolab/ (this episode's podcast is not yet posted)
They discussed Spindle neurons, which are amazing, and which I'll post about more some day. The main thing is, as far as I'm concerned, they are arcs of evolution - when triggered by EMPATHY, they encourage evolution of the brain - both the thinking and the emotional - in concert. And they are - to me - a kind of Maxwell's DEAMON NEURONS - (not far from the otherwise calcifying PINEAL GLAND) - shuffling and dancing and trading between THOUGHT and FEELING - that is, between INFORMATION and ENERGY.
The universe is fascinating. And so was the whale, who, after it was freed by some men, swam back, lifted it's eye out of the water, and stared at one man from 18" away - for 30 seconds. Then it swam to the next person, and did the same thing - for 30 seconds. And then it went and did the same thing with the NEXT person who had helped free it. (him/her)
The magic of animals stuns me - this episode reminds me of the radio show wherein a bird kept badgering Spalding Grey's wife after he had died - absolutely amazing. You can google for that - was either NPR's "Hearing Voices", "This American Life", or "Radio Lab"...
But on came the so called scientists and dunderheads all agoof as to, "Well, is this even POSSIBLE" for whales to THANK people?!! "I know it sounds CRAZY!" Dudes, it doesn't sound at all crazy to me. It sounds like WHAT EXISTENCE IS ALL ABOUT. It sounds like how life is for me - when I'm not lying in the drunken gutter of CFS.
I swear to god in his ice-fishing tent about 30 yards from the moose in my icon, THE REASON WE EVOLVED LANGUAGE IS BECAUSE WE WERE OTHERWISE SHITHEADS. It's true! We were so inbred and ignorant, we only cared about beig empathic and communcative with other Home Sapiens. We were a suspicious, mistrusting lot - actually we were always running around naked - running for our lives - because we were always insulting other animals because we were just so damn insensitive. We were so busy being scared that we seldom respected the wisdom of other species, who coincidentally tended to eat us. Except the elephants. Which is why we killed them for their tusks. Or whales for their oil. We created verbal language cuz we were really bad at body language - other than the fight-or-flight stuff. We needed a way of gossipping amongst ourselves about those STUPID, SUB-HUMANS!
And, contrary to what many believe, this was not a step in the right direction, towards god-dom-ness. We were not meant to evolve into Objectivist Ayn Rand Libertarian Egoistic Bean-Counting Cynics without a clue. All that science stuff IS GREAT ON PAPER - SO KEEP IT ON PAPER and keep it out of the opinion pages and out of politics.
We were meant to evolve further TOWARDS EMPATHY. FROM empathy. THROUGH empathy. This is what the whale was underscoring, hoping nobody noticed that he had just farted.