Sunday, November 16, 2008

What we can lean from a very special Gray Parrot

Sometimes we get to push politics and the world aside, no matter how bad things look, and appreciate both the progress of science and the essence of humanity.  On September 6, 2007, an African Grey parrot name Alex died.  His last words to his owner, Dr. Irene Pepperberg were "You be good. I love you."  This was headline news. Alex had his obituary in The New York Times.  Alex and Dr. Pepperberg opened unprecedented windows into the hidden world of the animal mind and into human/animal interaction.  Dr. Irene Pepperberg talks to me about her memoir Alex & Me: