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From: "Diana Gale Matthiesen" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Reality and Perception
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2009 08:03:52 -0500
Forgive me, but that's a terribly anthropocentric thing to say. Even fish are
aware of what's going on around them, "know" how do to things -- some of which
surpass our own abilities -- and can learn. And I'm quite certain a fish is
acutely aware of when it is out of the water and drying up.
I kept a large tropical tank for nearly 30 years, and I can tell you that not
only do different species have characteristic behaviors, individual fish of the
same species can have their own "personalities" -- and to one degree or another
all of them can learn. (Ask anyone with a koi carp.)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: On Behalf Of Henry Bookout
> Sent: Monday, January 26, 2009 7:00 AM
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> Subject: Re: [DNA] Reality and Perception
> Hi Jeri,
> No, not to a fish. A fish doesn't know anything as far as we know.
> Haldor Laxness, the Icelandic Nobel Prize author, wrote a hilarious,
> dead pan book, "Under the Glacier."
> In this book there is a strange Pastor Primus, who has abandoned his
> flock, boarded up his Church, and spends most of his time shoeing
> horses. He is not remarkable for his theological acuteness.
> It was he
> who said, "All I know is that water is wet."