Kim Arlington, with The Sydney Morning Herald, reports:
Neil Jordan likes to get inside an animal's mind when he's working to save a species. Take lions, for example.
"Lions are ambush predators; they rely on stealth and the element of surprise in order to bring down their prey," he said. "As soon as they lose that element of surprise, as soon as the prey sees them, they abandon their hunt."
That is why he and fellow researchers are going to Botswana to paint eyes on cows' rumps. They hope it will prove a low-cost way to protect livestock from lions, and lions from being killed by farmers in retaliation.
Dr Jordan, who holds a research post at the Taronga Conservation Society, said:
"We wanted to hijack this natural response by painting eyes on the rumps of cows, so that lions could be tricked into thinking they'd been seen and abandon the hunt," he said.
It's the same kind of "psychological trickery" employed by woodcutters in India, who ward off tigers by wearing face masks on the backs of their heads, and butterflies that avoid becoming bird food thanks to eye-like patterns on their wings.
Just as being watched affects the actions of lions, it does the same for people.
God is watching us. Every action, every thought, and every motive of the heart is laid bare before Him.
How does that knowledge affect you?
"You see, we are not like the many hucksters who preach for personal profit. We preach the word of God with sincerity and with Christ's authority, knowing that God is watching us" (2 Corinthians 2:17).
"Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account" (Hebrews 4:13).