[CT Birds] true sign of spring?

Arthur Shippee ashippee at snet.net
Tue Feb 25 09:57:19 EST 2014

Being about to teach a philosophy course, I think we ought define our terms.  Spring is here, is a much different claim than Spring is nigh.  Seasons are, it seems, but conventions of ours to organize our experiences, and we certainly see that each part of a season is transitional.  So, a spring-hinting winter may be indistinguishable from a winter-tinged spring.  

So, I think Jonah's question is about a group of transitional events towards blooming and breeding (and related warmer weather), true?  Then, let's talk about how we apprehend and understand the various signs:  the first Cardinal chirps carry a different message to us than Jonah's Palm Warbler.  I like this topic.

What signs carry what messages to you?

Off to Hume on the design argument.  Ta!  

> On Feb 25, 2014, at 9:26 AM, Jonah Cohen <jonahc at cox.net> wrote:
> So, a few sightings on the list have been accompanied by the statement "spring is here" or "spring is nigh" --- which, on this 20 degree morning, strikes me as similar to the characters in a horror movie saying "Don't worry, we're safe now!"  :)
> But that brings me to the question: so, what bird do you think does mark the official arrival of spring?
> I vote Palm Warbler,
> Jonah Cohen
> Newington
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