Monday, March 24, 2014

A Murmuration of Starlings

It's not often that one gets to observe collective consciousness at work. Somehow, the following image found me on Twitter the other day. It's a large school of fish adeptly keeping several sharks isolated and at bay on a reef somewhere in the tropical ocean.  The school's amazing, coordinated ebb and flow around the deadly predators leaves them frozen, confused and unable to respond to their presence.


I forwarded this image to Rupert Sheldrake, the Oxford based biologist, whose research on consciousness and the nature of reality is so fascinating. I got a reply with thanks and a link to a lovely short video that shows the amazing aerial coordinations of a large flock of starlings, little birds that seem to operate as one collective consciousness as they move to and fro like nature's magic.

Here is the link to the Murmuration of Starlings video...

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