Review of Reviews

Pigeons Have a Sixth Sense

October 15 1934
Review of Reviews

Pigeons Have a Sixth Sense

October 15 1934

Pigeons Have a Sixth Sense

HOW CAN WE account for the pigeon’s marvellous sense of location? Maurice Maeterlinck, writing in Les Annales, explains it. He says:

Several theories have been put forth in explanation of the phenomenon: electricity, telluric currents, the bird’s natural “homing” instinct, etc. Be it as it may, the bird certainly behaves as though it carried a compass within it or as though its body itself acted as a compass and became magnetized from the friction with the air, on the first

circling flights the pigeon takes wLen leaving its cote. It may not be a case of classical magnetism and electricity, but certain paramagnetic or pseudo-magnetic currents undoubtedly enter into it.

One of the latest theories places the seat of this marvellous sixth sense of the pigeon in the semi-circular canals of its ear, which supposedly act as radio-goniometric receivers or, in other words, capture the known and unknowm ether waves that control also human existence.

THE ANTI-JINGOES

Chorus of European Powers:

"We don’t want to build,

But by jingo if we do,

We shall always say we did it Because you forced us to.”