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Today's video is fun because it quietly embodies a (possibly) unique human talent; pattern recognition. Basically, the human ability to recognise patterns is probably what gave us our evolutionary edge over other animals. Pattern recognition provided humans with the capacity to associate distinct phenomena -- the migration of animals to seasons, for example, a quality that enhanced survival into this modern age.
In this modern age, scientists are just one group of people who rely upon finely honed pattern recognition skills, although they're not the only ones. Sports figures, judges, economists and musicians also are members of this club.
The inspiration for this week's Caturday video came to Brazilian musician Jarbas Agnelli after he noticed a picture of birds on the power lines. The photograph, by Paulo Pinto, originally appeared in Brazil's largest daily newspaper, O Estado de São Paulo, on 27 August 2009.
"I cut out the photo and decided to make a song, using the exact location of the birds as notes", says Agnelli on his youtube site.
"I was just curious to hear what melody the birds were creating."