Lynne A. Isbell


On her book The Fruit, the Tree, and the Serpent: Why We See So Well

Cover Interview of August 06, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“The Snake Detection Theory.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Primates have good visual ability not because early primates were predators but because they were prey—notably of constricting snakes [...]  we have superb vision because our own lineage within the primates arose in Africa/Asia, where the longest and most unrelenting evolutionary exposure to venomous snakes occurred.”

On the second:

“We automatically look in the direction of the pointing finger—unless we purposely refuse to do so.”