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Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants

The Brilliance of Bird-People

2022-06-10
Language:English
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In reality, we are remarkably clever, although our brain is no bigger than a walnut. For example, blue-and-gold macaw-people hold more neurons in their forebrains than rhesus monkey-people. Several Silicon Valley tech giants, including Apple Inc., Google LLC, Intel Corporation, and a secretive startup called Neuralink Corporation, launched by Elon Musk in 2016, have hired ornithologists with backgrounds in cognitive science. They want to apply it to voice recognition, automated driving, brain-computer interfaces, and other applications.

Commonly referred to as corvids, their mental powers are outstanding for their size. Have you heard how carrion crow-people in Japan crack the shells of nuts they want to eat? They leave them on the street at busy intersections and let the cars crush them.

Researchers studying parrot-people have found that their brain structure is like humans’. As a matter of fact, some people from the African gray kingdom don’t just mimic but can speak in context and respond to questions.

Other kinds of bird-people excel at memorizing things. Consider the species known as Clark’s nutcracker. Every summer, these characters hide caches of whitebark pine seeds in up to 20,000 places around their territory. Miraculously, they remember landmarks for each location so they can find food in winter, even if there’s snow on the ground.

But do you know, Alma, who the true champions of memorization are? Our hummingbird-cousins. First, they live their brief lives in the fast lane. So, they remember every flower and feeder they have been to and calculate how long it will take for that source to refill.

On August 24, 2007, during a lecture in Paris, France, about the role of animal-people on Earth, our most Beloved Supreme Master Ching Hai touched on our clairvoyance. “Some birds can see only up to 2,000 years backward or 2,000 years forward. But some can see 4,000, 5,000, 10,000 years backward.” It’s a wonderful reminder that there are levels of awareness beyond this physical world.
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