"Everybody is a Genius" (每人都是天才)

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Oct 9, 2014 7:10AM
ARTIST:  Liu Dao 六岛
MEDIA: RGB LED display, paper collage, teakwood frame EDITION: Unique
DATE : Made in island6, Shanghai 2013
SIZE: 236.4(W)×28(H)×9(D) cm

In longitudinal studies of freshwater fish in Australia marine biologists have proven that the 'three-second memory' is a myth. A case in point: the memory of an African chichlid has been found to extend over 12 days, not seconds. An Ausralian crimson spotted rainbow fish could recall how to escape a net 11 months later, which scientists say is like a human remembering a lesson learnt 40 years ago. Not only can they retain memories, fish are apparently capable of recognizing different forms of prey and have been observed to exhibit almost human-like behavior, tending their gardens and conducting courtship rituals. Some Machiavellian fish even feign death, an articulate form of deception. Anecdotally, an American professor claimed he could summon fish like you would a dog. There is a saying attributed to Einstein: 'Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid'. It is precisely because fish can not vocalize or express their emotions in a way that we humans can recognize, that we do not extend even basic human empathy towards them.