Wednesday, February 22, 2012

ideabird 2/22/12

Alex, an African Gray Parrot, showed not only self-awaremess, but the ability to speak rationally, and perform more math than a chimp. In the wild they have their own society and pre-language. If we encountered them on another planet we would treat these birds as alien intelligences. On Earth they are just part of our spectrum. Do we have an obligation to proselytize parrots with our society, our language, our religion?