See and Learn.

Today I learned that fish can taste with their fins and tail as well as their mouth.  In this case, I am very glad NOT to be a fish.  We have a pond full of Koi. I feed them.  I have seen them poop.  It comes out near their tails.  With this recent discovery that they can taste with their tails, I see this as perhaps…. a flaw in design.  Unless, of course, fish like the way their own poop tastes.  If that is true… the design is brilliant.

I also read about this little goat in Utah.  This involves a change in design.  She was implanted with spider genes in an embryo.   The people who did this to her, wanted to produce some serious milk.  In fact…. they wanted  spider silk proteins in her milk….  which was then  used to make “bio-steel”….  a material which is stronger than Kevlar.  FYI.. Kevlar is a synthetic fiber, produced by Dupont to replace steel in things, mostly.  Goat Milk of Steel.  Super Goat.  She can leap tall buildings and such.

For my spider loving friends, who also walk through grassy places. There is an average of 50,000 spiders per acre in green areas.  Whoa boy oh boy. That’s Arachnophobia material there.  That turns out to be 400,000 spider legs… if all of them are lucky.  Crawling all around… in green places.  A good design for the spiders.  A poor design for people with a fear of spiders.  Blade runners.

But it might not be so bad.  We should be glad for the green. If you live in cities, with concrete, glass and steel….   there may be rats.  And. Rats breed so dang quickly and proficiently …. that in just 18 months…. 2 little rats could have created over 1 million relatives.   This too, seems like a design flaw to me.  But I guess it depends on which side of the design you are on.  I imagine the rats are quite happy.

By design, or a random occurrence, is a common argument these days.  I have my thoughts on both.  But that is neither here nor there.

Instead, what I have learned, is that there are two sides to each situation.  And whether it is good or bad, depends on which side of the fence you are standing.

While a field filled with 50,000 of your closest and dearest friends , may be good for one… it may not be so good for another.   Another design issue…. you see … ..with perspective, this time.  WE each have our very own perspective on all that is around us.

The only thing we can really do is to try to understand.  And see.
And learn.



“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”
― Albert Einstein


“Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.”
― E.M. Forster


“For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson