Re: Animal communicators - clever Hans etc.
- Insightful Simone . . .
Now, Frank (FTS) has some work pending on Google, but I'm sure he'll
know the sensible approach
Your 'clever Hans' reference
intrigued me both for its humour and insight.
Now, Hans is German for John (the Baptist, the Saint or some other), but
the headliner is a horse anway - and a clever one at that - this I
like. Now I don't know the precedence of animal intimacy or friendship
to our human realm, but I think this animal (Hans and the rest) are at
least a horse's head in front of any contestants - more ancient than
almost anything we can imagine.
Tyr to grasp or envelop yourself in the eyes of a horse. Ducks are
beautiful and close, but compare the horse . . .
This might be unfair - and I said nothing wittingly about the importance
of body language for animals, but your mention of autism strikes a chord
at the same level of intensity as the horse's 'anblick' - returned view
- not to be disregarded.
Autism seems to me(/us?) strange beyond almost any comparison (like
horses), but to me mainly claiming obvious recognition and a place in a
common world for the future - I think you're on to something, Simone
> Dear Jo,
> I'm glad to see you back here.
> First, for the mysterious FTS: it stands for Frank Thomas Smith,
> AT's official sweetheart. He uses to say where he lives is the
> `ass-end of the world" and since it isn't (globally speaking) very
> far from where I am and his place is apparently much closer to
> initial stages of civilization than my town, I presumed I am beyond
> the ass-end of the world. We're very far from Scandinavia, so you
> don't need to worry about it.
> Very interesting you talked about the importance of body language for
> animals: the Clever Hans story illustrates it perfectly!
> I couldn't help wonder about autism (it's always in my mind) where
> there's an impairment of body language understanding- isn't it
> curious it's so developed in animals and absent in autistic humans
> - and gives sense to what I recently read about autism from an
> anthroposophical source, where it says the autism somehow
> represents humans in the future.
> I'll write more later since I'm still trying to make sense of what
> I'm thinking