Mike Singer

Humans, from the Perspective of a Californian Butterfly

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Back in 1953 my grandmother said: “Butterflies…HAH! Very pretty, but what are they FOR?” I had no answer. In this talk I will turn the question around and ask from the butterfly’s perspective: “Humans…very big and clumsy…. but what are they FOR?” We might think that the answer is just that humans are BAD, but no, it’s more complicated than that. Without thinking about it, we humans create puzzles for butterflies to solve. Sometimes they succeed and sometimes they don’t.

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About h. gillespie

Hayley Gillespie is an artist-scientist with a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Animal Behavior. She studies endangered species, teaches biology at Austin area universities, and is the founder/director of Art.Science.Gallery. in Austin, Texas.

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