To: Mike Siegel, c/o Coast To Coast AM
From: Scott Redd
With respect to the subject of your show tonight, I would like
to state the following and then pose a question to your
guest, Howard Bloom, author of the "Global Brain" book.
I am a flyer of racing homing pigeons. I can say for sure that
I've observed a "one mind" type of behavior when the birds are
together. They fly together in a tight flock with all birds
going in the same direction. When it's time for them to come
down to the loft for feeding, they all seem to "decide" at once
to descend. They may loiter on the roof for a few minutes, but
as soon as one decides to enter the loft (their home), they all
And then there's the question of how homing pigeons know to get
home. Despite all our advances in science, we still cannot say
for sure how homing pigeons know where to go. Some suspect it
may be due to a sensitivity to the Earth's magnetic lines of
force, or perhaps an ability to compute their location based on
the time of day and the position of the sun, much in the way a
sailor using a sextant might compute his location.
I wonder if your guest might comment on bird's flocking behavior
in general, or the homing ability of pigeons specifically.
Could they be in some sort of psychic or otherwise
"non-local" communication with their home, or possibly with me
as their owner and trainer?
Please sign me as: Scott in Omaha, Nebraska.
http://interbug.com/pigeon for more info on homing pigeons