What is a sheep? This simple question is more than enough to have kept scientists occupied for hundreds of years, and will continue to do so for many years to come.

Philip Ball


29 Comments CherryPie on Mar 9th 2014

29 Responses to “Cherie’s Place – Thought for the Week”

  1. It’s now 11.18pm
    Staring at these sheep is kinda hypnotic at this late hour zzz ;)

  2. Sean Jeating says:

    One . . . two . . . three . . . four . . . five . . . six . . . yawn . . . se…ven . . . zzz

  3. CherryPie says:

    Ahhh… The counting and staring at sheep! I had forgotten about the effect that would have ;-)

  4. ....peter:) says:

    This is such a beautiful peaceful scene Cherie… Philip Ball’s thoughts are way too complicated… they are simply sheep… that’s all:-)

  5. CalumCarr says:

    Far too deep for me.

    • CherryPie says:

      I can’t provide an explanation on this quote I haven’t figured it out either!

      It just gave me a good excuse to post my Sheep picture :-)

  6. Ginnie says:

    The scientists would have had a heyday with us on Saturday, Cherry, when we went to see 230 lambs just born at the nearby sheep fold. :)

  7. james higham says:

    Clone of Dolly?

  8. Claude says:

    What a beautiful setting for great looking sheep. My question with sheep is why a missing “s” when there is more than one?

  9. Ayush says:

    what a view! among your best shots CP. love the greens

  10. What is a sheep?

    What is anything?

    • CherryPie says:

      Everything is something!

      • Agreed, everything is something, but what, exactly? I know down to a certain level, of course, but not to an ultimate level. Anyone who tells you they know what matter is doesn’t understand the question they think they have the answer to. I do think I know what a sheep is though (sort of. :)

  11. JD says:

    “What is a sheep? ”

    A sheep is a device for converting grass into woolly jumpers

    it’s obvious innit :)

    If you want to be really pedantic, it’s a device for turning sunlight into woolly jumpers: sunshine makes the grass grow, sheep eat the grass, sheep grow big and fleecy, etc etc

    • Actually JD, if you want to be really pedantic it is a system from turning sunlight, water, carbon dioxide and quite a few other things into wooly jumpers, as sunlight just provides the energy not the substance for the jumpers (and the socks, and the cardigans, and… jings, it does get quite complicated the more you think of it… but actually I think a sheep is really just a system that makes lambs.)