This one started early. The back-up dancers, Airani and Cynthia, made sure things went smoothly. Siva was overbooked and sick, but prevailed. I've heard much of the talk before, but find it an intellectual counterpoint to Monty Python and the Holy Grail or your favorite episode of Seinfeld. It just gets richer and deeper. It is rare that I have the pleasure of thinkoing aobut how the wold works for hours. Siva warmed us up, Sodhi moved us to the stark reality of modern man's inability to comprehend his place in nature's grand scheme. I was heartened by the observation that, among the educated, the preists of the various disciplines can't understand one anohter. That's why were here. If we start early enough in the educational process, the next generation may be multilingual and speak economics, social science, policy, law, natural science, and in the grand scheme of things, ethics and esthetics.
We wound down with a tour of the museum led by one of the Toddy Cats, an entomologist headed to graduate school at the University of California, Riverside who's name escapes me. This well spoken, considerate, and very knowledgeable scholar provided us with an unobstructed view of the value of museum displays. We finished where we started, looking at and thinking about what is was to be a Dodo Bird.