So, I've just read this wonderful article about Alex the parrot, a parrot that was taught by its scientist owners how to speak and differentiate between colour, numbers and phonemes. It appears that the parrot may also have been on the brink of figuring out the concept of nothingness which is huge (for a parrot). I've posted the article for two reasons. 1) it references Oryx and Crake one of my favourite novels by one of my favourite authors and 2) I think it's a really remarkable example of science writing, in that, even though it's really about a parrot, it informs me about my own life and my own brain. I mean, as the author himself says, if we reduce a parrots words to mere response to stimuli, what's to say my own ramblings are as easily dismissed? I would like to think that Alex the parrot had a soul, just as I like to think that I have a soul.