Thursday, May 28, 2015
Neil deGrasse Tyson, Empathy, and Fish Talk
I often talk to the fish I catch. I say thank you, I tell them to stay safe, and I bid them a good life. Fish don't have ears, and they don't hear in the sense that we do. Rather, they pick up vibrations through the lateral line. Exactly what goes on when I speak to these fish is not known to me, but it is my best attempt to heal wounds I have created in that fish. After being hooked in the jaw and after a desperate fight, a fishes instinct is that it is fighting for it's life. I don't know any way to have a personal experience with a fish that will not cause such stress, but I do feel for them. I don't think my voice is as comforting as I want it to be, but deep down I know I need to talk to the fish. Not for them, for me.