Wednesday, June 27, 2007


"Intelligent design" is being used as camouflage by some religious folk - trying to pass off teaching belief in God/religion as science. There are many things in this world that help me to believe in a higher power- but my belief, etc. couldn't be further from being rooted in scientific theory. Whatever. So many awe inspiring, incomprehensible things in this universe- the main being the "universe" itself. Another small- or large amazing thing is a cuttlefish. I saw it for first time last Thursday on NOVA- I still can't believe this thing. I wondered why I'd never heard of it- and actually dreamt that night about wondering why I'd never heard of it. Next day, oddly, turns out Friday's Illfri topic is "camouflage". Here are the kings & queens of camouflage
Here's a sketch of another unbelievable thing- the helicodiceros muscivorus (dead horse arum lily)

Can you spot "false" for the "true"?:
1. They smell and look like rotting animal flesh [dead horse]. They even have little hairs all over. Their stink related chemicals were tested, and determined to be exact same found in rotting animals.
2. Their smell attracts flies- who are trapped by plant, get pollen all over - and then are released so they can pollenate other d.h. arums.
3. These plants are thermogenic= they produce their own heat. They auto-produce more heat than any known living thing is capable of. Heat helps get their stink in the air.
4. They have two eyes that are connected to a visual cortex like structure found in their root system.


Blogger Janice said...

very fine... and interesting writeup to support your illustration.

7:35 PM  
Blogger md said...

now thats one tripy plant and id never heard of it before either, but cuttlefish i have, good eating in japan

7:41 PM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

What a mysterious and fascinating creature, the cuttlefish, what magicians they are.
The lily with the eyeballs, a plant with eyeballs, I will dream as well tonight, and will insist on the lights staying on.
Beautiful, beautiful, and I enjoyed the education as well!

I think science is adequate in explaining the mechanics of the universe, but not the why.

P.S. I've thought about it.

8:38 PM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

Oh, I meant to tell you, it was creamy potato leek soup. I believe my painting is improving, wasen't sure anyone, [even you, silly me] would pick up on the subtle hue of the buttery brew. Night Doodleman.

8:51 PM  
Blogger studio lolo said...

We can learn so much from nature if we pay attention. I guess that applies to every situation then, no? Great observations and sketch Andy Doodler!

11:14 PM  
Blogger Emila Yusof said...

Amazing plant! Great illo and enjoyed reading your post!

11:48 PM  
Blogger biteyourowntail said...

This is my favourite post of the week. Enjoyed the read - though I too am very disturbed by attempts to claim there is a scientific basis for religious dogma; the slideshow and the lily drawing. I'd heard about cuttlefish - The Underwater World of Jacques Cousteau was my favourite programme as a child - still fascinating to see those slides, though. What really grabbed me was the lily - I had no idea they had eye and a visual cortex like structure.

Thanks for that Andy

12:43 AM  
Blogger neilornstein said...


Your posts are consistently amusing and thought provoking.

Have you read this weeks Science Times series on new developments in evolutionary theory. There is an article on the ways in which our growing understanding of the natural world is changing our conception of the soul. The gist is that soul is not a uniquely human phenomena but rather a continuum with many aspects of what we consider to be evidence of "soul", altruism or compassion for example, deeply rooted in biology. Troubling for those who believe in their one traditional truth, but inspiring for others.
Here is the link:

5:13 AM  
Blogger get zapped said...

Fascinating information! I always learn something when visiting you, so thank you. I love your illos, too.

1:29 PM  
Blogger luisa brehm said...

wowww, Andy, you have cool plants out there ;-))))))))
with eyes, ready to eat everything they find .... i guess it's an alien plantation, nooo ???
i learned a few things with the reading too, oh yeah !!!
i loved to have a magic flower like this in my balcony ....
happyyyyyyyy thursday ;-)))))))

4:24 PM  
Blogger steve said...

I agree Andy, and your post has led to some great discussion! I saw the cuttlefish on the Planet Earth dvd series btw--do check it out! I instantly thougt of that fish as well as soon as the prompt went up. Anyhow, I have o idea what this plant is but it's a wondeful piece. Have a great weekend!

4:27 PM  
Blogger AndyDoodler said...

Thanks Janice

Yeah- really crazy plant MD. Oh yeah- people eat cuttlefish- sick! I'm glad I'm a vegetarian.

Thanks Miri.
Exactly, great- can't answer the "why?"!
Digital art is being shown more and more in galleries, shows, & museums internationally. Hope you pursue.
hahaha- yes you captured that buttery brew perfectly- however, I have ESP ['s' for soup] when it comes to my fav soup.

Thanks Studio- true that!

Thanks Emila. Yeah- even w/o eyes- the plant is amazing!

Hey- thanks Sarah. Oh yeah- Loved The Underwater World of Jacques Cousteau too! Must have missed the cuttlefish episode.
The eyes & v.cortex is the false disguised by the unbelievable trues.

Thanks Neil. I heard about topic somewhere not too long ago- but didn't read the linked article till now- thanks- fascinating! Inspiring. Have believed it for years. Doesn't reduce the mystery and awe and frustration of not having "the answer"- (bio)programed soul as continuum or whatever- just business as usual.

Thanks GZ- and thanks for your educational posts.

Hahaha- thanks Luisa- yeah very alien & I would like to have on the balcony too!
Huggggss and happy Thursday

Thanks Steve, Oh yeah- heard about that series- maybe from you- I def have to ck it out.
Thanks- happy weekend to all.

5:40 PM  
Blogger biteyourowntail said...

Well it's long time since I saw Jacques Cousteau so the automatic link my mind brain made between knowledge of cuttlefish and that programme might not be the correct one... look forward to next week's post,


1:29 AM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

Okay... one and three are true; the other two false, yes? If I'm right, do I win one of these plants?


6:02 AM  

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