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Sometimes I Wonder
We kidnap living organisms, hijack them and thrust them into a totally
synthetic environment, and then expect them to behave according to totally
fabricated expectations. Fish from Africa, plants from South America, water
from the local tap. Do these life-forms care about our expectations? Do
these life-forms dance to a different beat? Do the plants from Africa that
are suddenly plunged into a Texas aquarium still 'remember' the
gravitational forces a half a world away that told them when to blossom?
Does a South American wild-caught Cardinal Tetra 'know' that it is not in
relation to the center of the planet or the stars in the same way any more
when it is moved elsewhere? Sometimes I wonder...