Tuesday, August 18, 2009

In the kingdom of the psychedelic Fledermaus

The Institute of Jurassic Technology points us to a remarkable collection of scanned images from German biologist Ernst Haeckel's Kunstformen der Natur, 1904.

I think my favourite is this one, of bats:

Though there are so many to choose from.


mikeovswinton said...

I always found the argument that Haeckel allegedly put forward for the inherent superiority of Germans to be interesting. It didn't involve Spezi, in which case I may have been more sympathetic. It went like this. The world's greatest philosophy is Monism. Monism is a creation of a German. Therefore the Germans are the greatest people on the face of the planet. Never heard of Monism? It was the name a German philospher of the time gave to his thinking. The German Philosopher? Ernst Haeckel. (I say allegedly. I think I found this in either "Scientific origins of National Socialism" or "National Socialism and the religion of Nature") The drawings are nice, tho'.

KB Player said...

Great pics, here's some music to go with them:-