Monday, January 09, 2012

Facial Recognition

People can recognize faces, shapes, forms and movements from afar -- often, if not always. Sometimes perceptions can be thrown off by internal mood, illness, atmospheric conditions, or time of day; or by the occasional look-alike, decoy dummy, Doppelgänger, Vardøgr, daydream, hallucination or apparition. Seen any of these lately?

New and recent field studies suggest that birds are quite capable of refined facial recognition accuracy, in addition to their having effective long-range navigational systems. Makes sense as far as survival goes. As does their adaptability to human settlement patterns, which also plays a role in their decision-making: should I stay or I should I go? Backyard haven or backyard danger zone? Shall we try a wait-and-see attitude?  On some level, birds must be computing these calculations, via evolving and instinctive response capabilities. 

Interacted visually with any birds or people lately?

Today's Rune: Wholeness.


the walking man said...

People I interact with very much. The birds and squirrels I leave alone, one never knows when they will have to become a source of food.

Charles Gramlich said...

any social animal must have this kind of perceptual development, I should think.

Anonymous said...

Erik, my neighbor trains race pigeons, and my jury is still out 'em. But his garden is a delight thanks to the birds droppings!