Chaotic Solitude

Inside every (wo)man there is always an urge to find a structure in Chaos !

Friday, August 22, 2003

More effective but less clever ?
If you place in a bottle half a dozen bees and the same number of flies, and lay the bottle horizontally, with its base [the closed end] to the window, you will find that the bees will persist, till they die of exhaustion or hunger, in their endeavor to discover an [opening] through the glass; while the flies, in less than two minute, will all have sailed forth through the neck of the opposite side...It is [the bees'] love of flight, it is their very intelligence, that is their undoing in this experiment. They evidently imagine that the issue from every prison must be where the light shines the clearest; and they act in accordance, and persist in too-logical action, To [bees] glass is a supernatural mystery...and, the greater their intelligence, the more inadmissible, more incomprehensible, will the strange obstacle appear. Whereas the featherbrained flies, careless of logic...flutter wildly hither and thither and meeting here the good fortune that often waits on the simple...and necessarily end up by discovering the friendly opening that restores their liberty to them (Gordon Siu, in Peters and Waterman, 1982)

While reading the above, I got reminded of a story that appeared in "The Oars"


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