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For, example, a regular human brain MRI shows anatomy, say ... PET scan to show if the organ is functioning properly.

And Alex is no longer a live PET. :-( Francis

This thread is ridiculous. If bird abuse is a concern pick on Colonel Sanders or Tyson Foods, not Dr. Pepperberg. If Alex was over worked it certainly wasn't as abusive as for all the pet birds that are caged and ignored.
Can I just ask a question here? How unheard of ... what I know of the history. Jaws didn't drop. sharon

It's a good point. If 50 (I always believed the expectant age of a CAG was more comparable to a ... up on a medical autopsy to explain that premature of a death in a human. Why not in a bird?

Because we know less about birds?
31 is to 50 (50 may be questionable unless they are averaging pet birds that die of neglect very early) as 47 is to 75.

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And Alex is no longer a live PET. :-( Francis

This thread is ridiculous. If bird abuse is a concern pick on Colonel Sanders or Tyson Foods, not Dr. Pepperberg. If Alex was over worked it certainly wasn't as abusive as for all the pet birds that are caged and ignored.

You have a point there. I'd rather have to think hard all day than sit doing nothing.

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Of course the hypothesis that he was mentally worked to ... many other things learned to count to six, or seven.

I'll repeat once more! Is this what you did to the poor creature, Ms Irene Pepperberg? Have him worked to ... of avian intelligence exist! No wonder Alex died so young. Both you and Brandeis University should be ashamed of yourselves!

You appear to be assuming she reads newsgroups.

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Basketball analyst: "He dribbles a lot and the opposition doesn't like it. In fact you can see it all over their faces."
No, it is not fine, as the type of stress ... to anything else that an animal may encounter in nature.

Neither is talking in human language.

They do this of their own accord.
Usually stress means fear, hunger, uncertainty, noise, many other environmental ... creature will react to it (that is long term effect).

Really? Problem solving is something parrots don't encounter every day?

Not 100 times a day.

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Bonny Prince Charles was backing his Land Rover out of the garage when he ran over the Queen's favorite Welsh corgi. He got out and found the corgi dead, squashed to a pulp. Just then a Genie popped up and said "Your highness, I can give you one wish. What would you like?" The Prince said "This is mummy's favorite dog. Can you bring it back to life?" The Genie said "Let's have a look at the dog. Oh no, nothing can be done with this dog, you ran over it with the Land Rover there is too much damage to the dog ...nothing can be done." "But you must," says the Prince, "It's mummy's favorite!" "I'm sorry" said the Genie, "there's no way I can bring it back to life." "OK" said the prince, "But do I still have a wish?" "Yes", said the Genie.

"Well", said the Prince, "I'm marrying Camilla in April. Could you make her as beautiful as Diana was?" The Genie thought for a while then said, "Let's have another look at the dog.
Correct. They solve exactly 317.25 problems each day. Except on weekends and when they go on vacation

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Blah, blah, blah. I 've cut out the nonsense from your post, but will reply to your questions about preconceived ... some ALEX (Avian Learning EXperiment) therefore I don't "torment" him past the 10-15 minute that he playfully offers me. M.J.

Mbeki's name in English is pronounced M-bekee.
M.J.
They do this of their own accord. Not 100 times a day.

Correct. They solve exactly 317.25 problems each day. Except on weekends and when they go on vacation

What happens to the .25 problem?

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Blah, blah, blah. I 've cut out the nonsense from your post, but will reply to your questions about preconceived ... some ALEX (Avian Learning EXperiment) therefore I don't "torment" him past the 10-15 minute that he playfully offers me. M.J.

You are clearly ignorant of the methods that Dr Pepperberg used with Alex as well as the life and relationships he had
with the other lab helpers and fellow parrots.
Alex's sessions were typically half hour or less. He was quite capable of ending sessions when he had had enough.
Where on earth do you get the idea that Alex had an 8 or 12 hour working day?
It would be safe to say that no pet parrot had a better life than Alex including yours.
Now as you still have 20 years or so to go before Mbeki reaches Alex's age perhaps you can do us all a favor
and repost in 20 years to let us know that he is still alive. (Of course I hope he is)
Steve n Misty
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