Communicating Across Species: Jonathon Keats' Honeybee Ballet
Thought experiment: can we communicate across species in a way that might facilitate a greater deeper relationship between us? Experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats gave it a shot.
Imagine a world without bees, as this TIME magazine cover story has us consider. Honeybees are the "glue that holds our agricultural system together," Hannah Nordhaus, author of The Beekeeper's Lament, is quoted as saying.
The TIME article asks what would the absence of honeybees mean for our favorite foods?
The experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats asks a different sort of question based on a more personal interspecies connection. As humans are "destroying their habitat," Keats wonders, "[is] there a way in which we can find some sort of a common ground?"
This is the sort of "naïve question" that Keats tells us he often uses as a launching pad for a new project, a question so naïve that you may have asked it once as a child.
Keats harnessed that youthful curiosity when embarking on his project to communicate across species "in a way that might facilitate a greater, deeper relationship between us." The project that resulted, which Keats describes in the video below, is called The Honeybee Ballet.
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How you talk to people with drug addiction might save their life.
- Addiction is a learning disorder; it's not a sign that someone is a bad person.
- Tough love doesn't help drug-addicted people. Research shows that the best way to get people help is through compassion, empathy and support. Approach them as an equal human being deserving of respect.
- As a first step to recovery, Maia Szalavitz recommends the family or friends of people with addiction get them a complete psychiatric evaluation by somebody who is not affiliated with any treatment organization. Unfortunately, warns Szalavitz, some people will try to make a profit off of an addicted person without informing them of their full options.
The rise of anti-scientific thinking and conspiracy is a concerning trend.
- Fifty years later after one of the greatest achievements of mankind, there's a growing number of moon landing deniers. They are part of a larger trend of anti-scientific thinking.
- Climate change, anti-vaccination and other assorted conspiratorial mindsets are a detriment and show a tangible impediment to fostering real progress or societal change.
- All of these separate anti-scientific beliefs share a troubling root of intellectual dishonesty and ignorance.
China's Chang'e 4 biosphere experiment marks a first for humankind.
- China's Chang'e 4 lunar lander touched down on the far side of the moon on January 3.
- In addition to a lunar rover, the lander carried a biosphere experiment that contains five sets of plants and some insects.
- The experiment is designed to test how astronauts might someday grow plants in space to sustain long-term settlements.
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