In today’s Toronto Star
, science reporter Peter Calamai describes results
of investigations into the monarch butterfly’s navigational abilities, published online in periodicals from the Public Library of Science, PloS Biology
and PloS ONE
. Calamai interviews Dr. Steven Reppert, "the U.S. neurobiologist who led the seven-member research team." According to Calamai, Reppert
"... said studying a butterfly brain is much more physically challenging than studying the mouse, whose brain is pumpkin-sized in proportion to the monarch's. "I love butterflies. I think they're a metaphor for life. I view them as flying sculptures, which appeals to me as a scientist who has artistic leanings."
This quotes resonates with a thread on the Barque: Thomas Moore Forum
about appreciating scientific knowledge and the unknowable.
Labels: Nature, Thomas Moore