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There is a very old law of biology which states essentially that a sense organ
sends only one kind of message to the brain regardless of the kind of stimulus it
receives. Thus, a punch in the eye sends the same message as a flash of light.
Sometimes adaptation occurs in the sense organ itself as in this case; sometimes
it occurs at different levels in the brain; sometimes both are combined. After you
are dressed in the morning you are no longer conscious of the feel of clothing ...
Here, then, in the hair the fly possesses a sense organ whose simple
appearance and small size belies its complexity and information-carrying
capacity. At this point one cannot help but wonder with awe and humility at the
order, beauty, and ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Arseny - LibraryThing
Great book, and it reads surprisingly well. The only sign of age really is the use of pronouns (the scientist is always "he", even despite the fact that female science students are mentioned several ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - juglicerr - LibraryThing
I thought that this book was hysterical. It is not the book for people wanted all the scientific facts about flies, although it does have some interesting tidbits along the way. Instead, it cheerfully ... Read full review