Febroary 18, 1994
I cannot take all the blame for the outrage that follows. Tim
put me up to it. What follows will be mostly in verse. The first
part was contributed by Emerson from his voluminous files. I
added the rest.
Behold the mighty dinosaur,
Famous in prehistoric lore,
Not only for his weight and length,
But for his intellectual strength.
You will observe by these remains
The creature had two sets of brains,
The one in his head, the usual place,
The other at his spinal base.
Thus he could reason a priori
As well as a posteriori.
No problem bothered him a bit,
He made both head and tail of it.
So wise he was
So wise and solumn
Each thought filled just a spinal column.
If one brain found the pressure strong,
It passed a few ideas along.
It something slipped the forward mind
'twas rescued by the one behind.
And if in error he was caught
He had a saving afterthought.
As he thought twice before he spoke
He had no judgment to revoke.
For he could think without congestion
Upon both sides of every question.
O gaze upon this noble beast,
Defunct ten million years at least.
by Burt Lesten Taylor
To which I added:
If we could only emulate
This ancient reptile's mental state
Have a cerebral CPU
Bussed to a coccygeal cache or two
Complex code could be no plainer
A science calc would be a no-brainer.
But evolution has its own mind
So I'll be grateful for any help I can find.
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