Konrad Lorenz

You might or might not know but when I was younger I was interested in Biology, behavioural issues with animals (ethology) etc.

One of my idols at the time was Konrad Lorenz who did behavioural studies with Greylag Geese. So, I googled him and found lots of information. Along them this video showing him when he was really young (he would have turned 105 in 4 weeks time) – so this must have been made in the 1940ies or so.

I enjoy watching that old footage and find it amazing that it is available online for anyone to look at. It is great.

When I was a child we could watch those footage when we were lucky on a documentary on TV.

I am getting all sentimental now 🙂

Another video – in French – shows his life:

Also, he had a few good quotes I copied from Brainquote:

Every man gets a narrower and narrower field of knowledge in which he must be an expert in order to compete with other people. The specialist knows more and more about less and less and finally knows everything about nothing.

Evil, by definition, is that which endangers the good, and the good is what we perceive as a value.

Historians will have to face the fact that natural selection determined the evolution of cultures in the same manner as it did that of species.

I believe that present day civilized man suffers from insufficient discharge of his aggressive drive.

I have found the missing link between the higher ape and civilized man; it is we.

Most of the vices and mortal sins condemned today correspond to inclinations that were purely adaptive or at least harmless in primitive man.

The bond with a true dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth will ever be.

Truth in science can be defined as the working hypothesis best suited to open the way to the next better one.

We had better dispense with the personification of evil, because it leads, all too easily, to the most dangerous kind of war: religious war.