Saturday, May 23, 2009

Birds and brains and mind and body.

A few films about the topics we've been talking about recently.

1. The intelligence of crows.

2. Catalyst, the ABC's science show, on how the mind-body loop can be easily broken.

3. On why games might be a good idea for animals:
A 137 pound orang-utan with a history of mischief short-circuited an electric barrier, then built a makeshift ladder to escape from her enclosure, forcing Adelaide Zoo to be evacuated on one of its busiest days of the year.

Karta, a 27-year-old female, jammed a stick into wires connected to the barrier, then piled up shrubs, roots and debris to create a platform. Using it as a stepladder, she climbed up onto the concrete and glass wall surrounding her enclosure, where she was spotted by a member of the public who raised the alarm.

Rest here.
Zoos spend millions of dollars on keeping animals entertained, and bored animals may become depressed, aggressive or sick. Animals with active minds and bodies are happier and healthier. Zoos already use puzzle games as a substitute for predators' hunting instinct, such as this otter with his fish-flavoured ice-cream:

or use toys to keep them active, like these cats and their pumpkins:

TIGERS LEOPARDS Vs Pumpkins! - The best video clips are right here

So games for animals may actually save zoos money and help conservation efforts.

4. Aimee Mullins and her 12 pairs of legs.

Barrel Roll's Presentation.

Push! Dodge! Balance!

Hell yeah, pushing.

We are Team E, consisting of:
Rachel Shi,
Jesse Holtham,
Rory Sampson,
John Gregg
and Anh-Tu Tran

Thank you for your time and mercy.