I fell in love with sharks in a lagoon in Tahiti as I saw how different they are from the other wildlife I had known, and how intelligent. For many years I studied them through underwater observation.
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A film about The Shark Sessions...
While I was in Tahiti trying to get my sharks protected, the idea that I could put their story in a little movie and broadcast it far and wide across the world via the Internet, would have seemed like science fiction, yet ten years later, its not only possible, it doesn't even seem fantastic any more!
So here it is, my own movie about my beloved sharks, created with actual footage about them, who were being finned while I tried to protect them.
On Friday LiveScience.com published one of my articles, which describes how the fisheries industry has taken control, not only of the planet's wild fish, but of how they are considered by the public as well.
My article describes a political situation which is being reported on more and more on the Internet—too much power is in the hands of the corporations. In this case, it is the fishing industry and its interests that have managed to maintain such control.
Among others, I used the article by David Shiffman and Neil Hammerschlag, that appeared recently in “Fisheries” as an example. In an effort to give the ring of scientific authority to shark fishing, it recommends “fighting” sharks through catch and release fishing, as a good way for Florida to earn money. But both cock fighting and dog fighting are illegal in Florida, so how can a student scientist be promoting the “fighting” of sharks?
It has been shown by a variety of scientific researchers who are NOT involved with fisheri…
campaign to raise shark awareness began when the entire community of
hundreds of sharks that I was studying, as animals and individuals,
were finned for shark fin soup.
Sharks (and fish) had
turned out to be more interesting, more varied, and in many cases,
more beautiful, than the North American wildlife I had known. They
were just as intelligent, and far more responsive to me. They were
definitely more alert, and made decisions more quickly, than people.
Sharks were the first
wild animals I had met that came to me instead of fleeing, and though
I had fed the birds all my life, they never fluttered down around my
shoulders when I went outside, or alighted in my hands to be stroked.
But fish did.
So it is especially
sad to see how these remarkable submarine animals are considered and
treated in our society, as being low, cold and not even capable of
That is why I have
been on a personal campaign ever since to improve public awareness of
their true nature, and …
The current science of consciousness has been widely discussed on the Internet, and considering the many claims that soon we will be blessed
or damned by conscious machines, it is remarkable how little is known
The essential question involves explaining how a physical universe
gives rise to non-physical intelligent awareness, and this boggles
everyone, because it is explainable by no current scientific knowledge,
physical or quantum.
There are various theories, two of which are considered the most
promising. One, which is favoured by traditional science and supports
the idea that computers could be conscious, holds that after a certain
level of complexity is reached, consciousness emerges naturally, all by
itself. In neurology, consciousness is always mentioned in connection
with the human brain, which, of course is the most complex. Quantities
of rambling text, much of it of a speculative and highly philosophical
nature, have been written on the theory, includi…