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Thinking Parrot!

Posted on 2005.02.22 at 09:15
Current Mood: impressedimpressed
Current Music: Tampa Red - The Duck Yas Yas Yas
I am not going to say anything about the untimely death of Hunter S. Thompson other than that I am genuinely saddened by it. This guy seems to sum it up very well.

No, I am here to talk about Alex, the parrot who can think. This parrot, who currently resides at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA, has undergone 27 years of training, and seems to be able to actually think, and talk. Not just mimc speech, but actually ask for things he wants, use abstract concepts (like 'what is different about these two objects) and count! I guess that this could be some kind of elaborate hoax, that the bird is just well trained and is getting clues or something from the trainers, but I doesn't seem like it. The stuff on this page absolutely fascinates me; I am blown away by how much this bird can do. Maybe they lucked out and latched on to a mutant genius-parrot to train. Who knows? In any case, here is video of Alex thinking and talking!

Comments:


Heather
herspace at 2005-02-22 15:15 (UTC) (Link)
aww, and his voice is just so sweet sounding isnt it...
Jonathan
theservant at 2005-02-22 15:17 (UTC) (Link)
It's true!
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