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Director : Max Nichols.
Writer : Mark Hammer.
Producer : William D. Johnson, Sam Englebardt, Ruben Fleischer, Beau Flynn.
Release : September 26, 2014
Country : United States of America.
Production Company : Demarest Films, Flynn Picture Company.
Language : English.
Runtime : 86 min.
Genre : Romance, Comedy.

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Washoe the Chimp gives us more to think about as Humans

Since I’ve stumbled across so many examples now of really damn intelligent animals, it’s starting to become an actual interest of mine. I’m partway through Temple Grandin’s book “Animals Make Us Human”, and when I finish it, I do plan to do somewhat of a review here. Animals really are amazing, and many people do not give them enough credit. But it seems, if you took away human’s opposable thumbs and ability to communicate with verbal language, we would not be much further ahead than some of the creatures we share this planet with.

Washoe the Chimp is a pretty interesting story. She was confirmed as having learned over 300 words in American Sign Language (which I am going to have my first lesson in this afternoon, actually), and demonstrated more than one example of self-awareness that got researchers talking.

So, originally I was made aware of Washoe through this link, which tells a story with some pictures. Before I posted about it though, I wanted to confirm what was being said. So, off to Wikipedia I went, and was not disappointed.

Washoe  was a female common chimpanzee who was the first non-human to learn to communicate using American Sign Language—to a limited degree—as part of a research experiment on animal language acquisition.

Washoe learned approximately 350 words of ASL. She also taught her adopted son Loulis some American Sign Language. Using similar teaching methods, several other chimpanzees were later taught 150 or more signs, which they were able to combine to form complex messages.

Washoe was raised in an environment as close as possible to that of a human child, in an attempt to satisfy her psychological need for companionship.[13][14][15]

While with Washoe, the Gardners and Fouts were careful to communicate only in ASL with Washoe, rather than using vocal communication, on the assumption that this would create a less confusing learning environment for Washoe. This technique is commonly used when teaching human children how to sign.[16]

After the first couple of years of the language project, the Gardners and Roger Fouts discovered that Washoe could pick up ASL gestures without direct instruction, but instead by observing humans around her who were signing amongst themselves. For example, the scientists signed “Toothbrush” to each other while they brushed their teeth near her. At the time of observation, Washoe showed no signs of having learned the sign, but on a later occasion she reacted to the sight of a toothbrush by spontaneously producing the correct sign, thereby showing that she had in fact previously learned the ASL sign. Moreover, the Gardners began to realize that rewarding particular signs with food and tickles was actually interfering with the intended result of conversational sign language [emphasis added – and damn fascinating!]. They changed their strategy so that food and meal times were never juxtaposed with instruction times. In addition, they stopped the tickle rewards during instruction because these generally resulted in laughing breakdowns. Instead, they set up a conversational environment that evoked communication, without the use of rewards for specific actions.

Self-awareness and emotion

One of Washoe’s caretakers was pregnant and missed work for many weeks after she miscarried. Roger Fouts recounts the following situation:

“People who should be there for her and aren’t are often given the cold shoulder–her way of informing them that she’s miffed at them. Washoe greeted Kat [the caretaker] in just this way when she finally returned to work with the chimps. Kat made her apologies to Washoe, then decided to tell her the truth, signing “MY BABY DIED.” Washoe stared at her, then looked down. She finally peered into Kat’s eyes again and carefully signed “CRY”, touching her cheek and drawing her finger down the path a tear would make on a human (Chimpanzees don’t shed tears). Kat later remarked that one sign told her more about Washoe and her mental capabilities than all her longer, grammatically perfect sentences.”

Washoe herself lost two children; one baby died shortly after birth of a heart defect, the other baby, Sequoyah, died of a staph infection at two months of age.

When Washoe was shown an image of herself in the mirror, and asked what she was seeing, she replied: “Me, Washoe.” Primate expert Jane Goodall, who has studied and lived with chimpanzees for decades, believes that this might indicate some level of self awareness. Washoe appeared to experience an identity crisis when she was first introduced to other chimpanzees, seeming shocked to learn that she was not human [emphasis added, and again, blows my mind]. She gradually came to enjoy associating with other chimps.

Washoe also enjoyed playing pretend with her dolls, which she would bathe and talk to and would act out imaginary scenarios.

When new students came to work with Washoe, she would slow down her rate of signing for novice speakers of sign language, which had a humbling effect on many of them.

This whole thing just really blows my mind. This chimpanzee, who was essentially raised like a human child, is acting very human-like, showing compassion, but also showing self-respect in giving the cold shoulder to people who haven’t respected her. I know some actual human beings who don’t even behave this intelligently.

In case you are thinking “wait, wasn’t the primate they taught sign language named Koko?” That was actually a different case, Koko was a Gorilla who learned over 1,000 signs. I’m choosing to focus on Washoe here.

I’ll say it again – simply fascinating.

Activism is the rent I pay for living on this planet

I’m glad I found this, because there are a lot of times where being an activist feels like banging your head against a wall for absolutely no measurable reason. Some people spend their entire lives fighting and pushing, sweating and bleeding, only to make the smallest of gains for the whole.

This is what I need to help keep the effort in perspective.

Also worth reading (full article to come: “Ten Counter-Productive Behaviours of Social Justice Educators”)

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New restaurant staffed exclusively with deaf waiters

Here is a neat idea. I have been watching a show called Switched at Birth, which has done a lot to educate me about deaf culture, and to spark an interest in me to learn some sign language. And here is a place I could go to get some practice:

The restaurant is called Signs, and if you go there, you will have to order your food using sign language. If you’d be interested in that kind of experience, you should check it out.

As the spokesperson in the video says, there are lots of very talented and qualified deaf people out there who can do a great job, they just needed to be given a chance, and this gives them that chance.

www.signsrestaurant.ca

Creative system for letting your neighbours know what they can borrow

From an article titled “These Mailbox Stickers Tell Your Neighbors What They Can Borrow”:

A Switzerland-based project called Pumpipumpe is encouraging neighborhoods to build a greater sense of community by placing stickers on their mailbox to indicate what goods they have to loan to their neighbors.

As community-oriented as I am, I don’t know most of my neighbors. It’s not a matter of intimidation or thinking they’re not friendly, but it’s simply because I’ve never really needed to know all of my neighbors. We’re all quiet. We stay out of each others’ hair.

This idea targets that notion that neighborhoods can be closer and work together. This project first started as a way for cyclists to know which houses have a bike pump just in case they got a flat, but it’s become more than that. Now people who want to take part can illustrate that they’re willing to loan out lawn mowers, toys, costumers, and even wifi.

I think it raises a good question about how we treat stuff too. Why does every home in every neighborhood need to have a lawn mower? Or a power drill? I guess in a way it doesn’t make sense. What are your thoughts on this?

I think it’s a clever idea and can definitely help neighbours meet and help each other. Thus I am boosting the signal for anyone else who’d like to get on board with this.

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In Istanbul you can help feed stray animals with plastic bottles

I recently read a book that talked about the concept of “emotionally intelligent signage” achat viagra soft. Basically, rather than just have a sign that says “line starts here”, the sign could say “don’t worry, this line moves really fast”. Or another example, rather than “please pick up after your dog”, the sign could say “children play here, please pick up after your dog”. Adding just that extra little bit can make a huge difference to people’s psychology and willingness to participate.

I’ve also heard of studies that say that the best way to get people to conserve energy is not to tell them to do it simply because it’s good for the environment (a fact we all know), but rather to tell them that their neighbours are already doing it and saving money. The social aspect of relating it to their neighbours, and appealing to their desire to save money (rather than just save the environment for the sake of it, not all people are motivated by this), got much better results.

Here I think is another example of this, socially intelligent activism. In Instanbul, they have machines where if you recycle a plastic bottle, the machine will release food for a stray dog. While it would still be preferable to move away from plastic bottles entirely, this is one of the best uses I’ve seen of them. But a lot of people can empathize with animals and rather than throwing their bottles away, they can easily see how a small effort of recycling helps.

Istanbul’s 150,000 stray dogs and cats recently got their own vending machines in the Turkish city, and they machines aren’t just encouraging the feeding of homeless animals — they’re also cleaning up the streets. The Smart Recycling Box, invented by Turkish company Pugedon, dispenses food for strays in exchange for recycled plastic bottles.
Here’s how it works: When someone deposits an empty plastic bottle into the machine, food is released in a dish at the bottom. There’s even a water dish attached so users can pour out any remaining water before recycling it.
Turkish officials allowed Pugedon to install the machines under the agreement that the government wouldn’t have to fund them. Instead, the recycled bottles cover the cost of pet food. The Smart Recycling Boxes will provide a steady source of food for animals that often rely on compassionate residents to feed them.
Istanbul’s strays have been a source of contention in recent years. Some residents enjoy the presence of animals so well-adapted to city life that they stop at traffic lights, but others have asked the government to step in.
These complaints led the Turkish government to draft a law that would transport thousands of animals to a “natural habitat parks” far outside the city, which was met with a backlash from animal-loving residents.
I would love to see this get implemented everywhere.

Life without a cell phone

Tom Grotewohl did something that I’m sure many of us have nightmares about these days. He spent 16 months, not only without a smartphone, but without any phone at all. As my friend Steve has said “[as a society] we are better prepared for a zombie apocalypse than we are for 24 hours without the internet”.

So, why did Tom do it, and what did he learn? He answers those questions in his article “I Went 16 Months Without A Cell Phone And My Life Was So Much Better”.

You’re probably reacting to that line as if it read, “I’ve spent the last year and a half without breathing air.” Cell phones have become such a crucial part of our daily lives that most folks rely on them more than the majority of organs in their bodies. In fact, you can get your spleen removed and continue living a normal existence, but the same cannot be said of a cell phone.

For this last period of my life, I haven’t had those things because I’ve been traveling. I’ve been crossing borders too frequently to hold on to friends, and sleeping anywhere that offered a free bed or a bit of floorspace so I didn’t have to work. It’s what has allowed me to conduct this experiment.

So, there’s the why. What about the lessons learned? Well, since I don’t want to give everything away (you should actually read the article!), here are the headers:

  • Being in two places at once means you aren’t anywhere.
  • Instant communication has transformed us all into paranoid, over-protective moms.
  • Eye contact is the 21st century dodo [bird]
  • We’ve mistaken being alone for loneliness

I think he makes some good and interesting points, though I would say not everyone is as addicted to and reliant upon such technology. Personally, having GPS on my phone was a lifesaver as I was always bad with directions and getting “lost” made me extremely anxious and stressed. Even with GPS, I still get anxious sometimes.

One thing I have done, to try to manage the chaos, I’ve turned my phone ringer off completely, and turn off all notifications except email (that’s my weakness). Whether at work, at home, or out with friends, unless I’m waiting for/expecting a call or text, I do my thing and my phone just sits there quietly and doesn’t bother me. This allows me to concentrate better, and not be constantly checking my phone like a junkie looking for another fix.

In fact, when I am at work, if I’m checking my phone or my email, it’s either because I’m bored/understimulated, or because I have had an idea that I need to send to myself for later. I truly enjoy being engaged enough in an activity that I don’t feel the need to check messages. So I’m trying to be better at keeping myself productively engaged. When I started tracking my activities and time allocation with an app recently, it made me realize, on the positive, that most of the time I spend on sites like YouTube or Reddit are actually not “distracted” time, but I’m usually researching, learning, or otherwise informing myself. Not always, but more often than not. I don’t really play “games” very much, because in part, I feel like there are far more enriching things I could be using that time/technology for.

Lastly, with my plans for international travel in the not too distant future, I may have to go without a phone myself, since I do not have a plan with a larger carrier, the carrier I’m with won’t be able to give me any service where I go, so I’ll either be paying out the nose for service, or I’ll be doing what Tom did. Of course I think it would be a different thing being “home” without a phone, vs away, where you’re supposed to be exploring anyway, not tweeting or facebooking. I like to connect with people, and after a long time of doing that mostly electronically, I’ve been feeling good about connecting with people more in the flesh.

At the end of the day, it’s important and healthy to not be too dependent on anything. Technology certainly makes life more convenient, but I don’t think very many people make an effort to regulate themselves, so convenience can and does develop into an unhealthy habit that can persist for a long time and be hard to break out of.

Haircuts for the Homeless

In the latest installment of Curiosity Crossroads’ “leading by example” category, comes a story from HuffPo’s Love Matters section. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost ou acheter viagra en france.com/2014/08/17/mark-bustos-homeless-haircuts_n_5678454.html” target=”_blank”>“Stylist Who Spends Every Sunday Cutting Hair For Homeless: ‘Every Human Life Is Worth The Same’”.

NYC hairdresser Mark Bustos cuts hair 6 days a week. On the seventh, instead of resting, he actively searches the city for people in need, and gives them a sprucing up. He posts the photos of it on his Instagram account.

Bustos has been cutting hair for the less fortunate since May 2012, when he traveled to the Philippines to visit family members. While abroad, he paid an owner of a barbershop to rent a chair and provide services to impoverished children in need of a fresh look.

Bustos said he cuts hair all over New York City, often accompanied by his girlfriend, who asks recipients what food they’d like to eat.

“One response we’ve gotten is, ‘Nobody ever asks me what I actually want. I usually just get leftovers and scraps,’”

Bustos said he intentionally cuts hair for the homeless in open, well-traveled spaces like street corners and sidewalks so that the public can watch — “not to see me,” he notes, but so that others can find inspiration in the good deed, and be kind to those less unfortunate as well.

Very cool of him, and glad to hear it is helping some people out!

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