Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Animals and Reflections

Experiments have shown that only large-brained social animals are able to recognise that a mirror shows a reflection of themselves.[27]

Animals that have shown they are able to use a mirror to study themselves:

Asian elephants
Bonobos
Common chimpanzees
Dolphins
Magpies
Orangutans
European Magpies

--Wiki

2 comments:

  1. In Frederic Tuten's _Self Portraits: Fictions_, a woman asks her husband if he's seen his face lately:

    "I can't find a mirror to reflect it," I said. "I look in a mirror and see a mirror."
    She took me in very carefully, scientifically, so to speak, this way and that. Then, adjusting her eyeglasses on her bumpy nose, she said, "I look at you and do see a mirror, but not my reflection. What kind of mirror is that?"
    "A paradoxical one," I said.

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  2. To speak like a vanished breed, "I dig."

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