Introduction

Snoring Hummingbird



An arbitrary source from the Internet led us to discover a peculiar phenomenon that was never acknowledged before: a snoring hummingbird. The hummingbird was observed at a Peruvian ornithology research facility dedicated to studying hummingbird sleeping patterns. Scientists at the facility unveiled the story behind this astonishing discovery: on average every fifteen minutes a hummingbird needs to feed itself which makes resting or sleeping nearly impossible, in order to take maximum rest a hummingbird has to shut down its entire body to minimize energy consumption. The snoring is thus what the bird does to wake up from deep torpor, gasping for air, strangely resembling the sound of snoring.

With 3,257,932 views on Youtube, it seems to be the rareness of the phenomenon and the cute effect that draws viewers in. Human kind developed natural science to understand the natural phenomena in the world around them, based on observational and empirical evidence. Nonetheless we can never escape the bitter fate of the ‘anthropic principle’  - the search for compatibility with the conscious and sapient life that observes it. What is alarming here is that what it reflects: the sheer arrogance of the human perspective when we gaze at nature – the super-imposed ‘objectivity’ and ‘otherness’ of what’s been studied.

Throughout history the quantitative volumes of text such as those concerning Darwinian Evolution theory, natural science texts and methodologies, were developed based on the premise of ourselves, the species homo sapiens – the only intelligent species on the planet with no real surviving brothers or sisters or even parents, thus not learning to cooperate efficiently with others, or creating cooperative tools – its behavior and activities have made a significant impact on this planer – hence the current epoch is marked as the ‘Anthropocene’.

With the ‘snoring’ sound of the hummingbird as an ambient form that acts as the representation of nature – which always surprises us and proves our ignorance, on one side, and on the other the hypnotic whispers and self-assuring loops of text collecting human ‘theories’ and our knowledge of the natural sciences. By juxtaposing these two parallel materials, “The Snoring Hummingbird” attempts to bring the paradoxical nature of our sapient existence to our attention