SUMMARY

Based largely on original research and a presentation to scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, The Zebra’s Stripes is a mass-audience documentary presenting a novel hypothesis on what animals actually see, and will take audiences on a fascinating and unexpected journey into the world of animals by reevaluating current models of how animals hunt, defend, mate and feed. At the same time, it will provide a single answer to many disparate biological puzzles...

  • Why do zebras (and other animals) sport highly contrasting black and white stripes, while most prey animals are monochromatic? And what explains the dramatic, horizontal stripes on the torsos of so many species of antelope?
  • Why do almost all animals (including humans) cock their heads?
  • Why do poisonous snakes tend to have horizontal bands, while non-poisonous snakes usually have longitudinal stripes?
  • Exactly how do predators choose their specific prey? And what role does their camouflage play in these choices?
  • Why do chickens work hard to stabilize their heads, while pigeons bob theirs?
  • Why does your dog wag its tail when he’s happy, while horses do it when they’re angry, and lions when hunting?
  • Why do deer freeze in headlights? And why do goats faint?
  • How do snakes make themselves invisible to predators while being highly noticeable to potential mates at the same time?
  • Why is serpentine motion the best defense for otherwise defenseless snakes?
  • Why did a Scottish doctor prescribe a rocking chair for his blind patient?

The hypothesis draws on data from a wide range of fields and has made predictions that were later verified and compellingly shows that delta-vision represents the world from an animal’s point of view... shedding new light on their interactions, motivations and behavior. After viewing delta-vision footage of animals in their natural environments, viewers will see themselves (and their pets) in a wholly new light.

The documentary will take the viewer on an engaging and novel journey into the world of animals. With delta-vision footage of animals hunting, fleeing and mating, viewers will see themselves (and their pets) in a wholly new light.

THE AUTHOR

Roy Feinson has been a software developer for over thirty years. His company, Doubletake Images has developed applications in artificial life and artificial evolution and forensic video, and Feinson is credited as the inventor of predictive text.

Feinson’s sophisticated graphic applications challenge the way people see. He developed the genre known as impressionist mosaics and was commissioned by Disney to create thirty five giant murals to celebrate Disneyland’s 49th and 50th anniversaries. He was also a key member of the design team for the castle projection at Disneyworld, The Magic, the Memories and You. Feinson was the featured artist for both the Grammy’s 50th anniversary, and The Latin Grammy’s 15th where Grammy President, Neil Portnow, called him an "a true innovator and renaissance man".

Feinson is the author of three books that explore the evolutionary underpinnings of human behavior. His bestselling The Animal in You (St. Martin’s Press) has been translated into ten languages and its website records over a million visitors a year. Other books include Animal Attraction (St. Martin’s Press) and The Secret Universe of Name (Overlook), which investigates how the sounds and frequencies in words affect emotions. His work has been featured, on scores of international radio shows as well as CNN, C-Span, PBS, The Dr. Phil Show and CBS’ The Talk.

Feinson studied biology at what is now The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa where he also obtained a degree in visual sciences.