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Rock paper scissors lizards geese

[ by Charles Cameron — oh, and children and chimps, and a stunning woman-song by Nina Paley, too ]

Bill Benzon just posted a piece titled Chimps can learn rock-paper-scissors (sorta’) on his New Savanna blog, introducing and questioning a paper on chimps, (human) children and RPS — fascinating!

Bill’s final paragaph, describing the common side-blotched lizard [!!]. caught me

The lower panel features an illustration from Konrad Lorenz, Paul Leyhausen, Motivation of human and animal behavior: an ethological view — showing geese whose pecking order follows the same “transverse patterning” as the female lizards do in their choosing of male mates..

Threeness, in my view, is a significant matter.


Earlier threeness readings:

  • Of games III: Rock, Paper, Tank
  • Spectacularly non-obvious, I: Elkus on strategy & games
  • Spectacularly non-obvious, 2: threeness games
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    Bill Benzon also posted Nina Paley’s God-Mother, a new animation today. Nina P was the one who, single-handed and beyond almost all copyright, brought us the stunning, feature-length, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzTg7YXuy34 [!!] animation of the Ramayana, Sita Sings the Blues.

    Here you go, woman / ouroboros, from the intro to Nina’s next feature:

    God-Mother from Nina Paley on Vimeo.

    Nina Paley is one of my heros for life.

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