What is it like to be a bee? Not so much what does it physically feel like, but rather on a social, perhaps even an emotional level? When you think about how bees act in relation to one another, how the societies they form function, it’s not all that difficult to see some decidedly positive characteristics in bee societies that would possibly improve our own if adopted.
When you hear names of bird species such as Cetti’s Warbler, Townsend’s Solitaire, or MacGillivray’s Fairy-wren, do you ever stop and give thought to who Cetti, Townsend, or MacGillivray were? And for that matter, was MacGillivray the same MacGillivray of the MacGillivray’s Warbler?
When I first heard about it, I wasn’t quite sure what to make of Christine Kenneally’s recently published book The Invisible History of the Human Race. However now that I’ve read through the first few chapters I must admit that while I’m still not entirely sure where her narrative will ultimately lead, the journey in itself is proving to be one rich in very interesting details.
Fascinating as the 1,300-odd species of sharks, skates, rays, and chimaeras are, they are still unfortunately among the most popularly misunderstood creatures on the planet. Television and movies, far from harnessing those powerful media’s immense communicative power to help alleviate this problem generally only make it worse.