Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures
Noted science writer Virginia Morell explores the frontiers of research on animal cognition and emotion, offering a surprising and moving exploration into the hearts and minds of wild and domesticated animals. Did you know that ants teach, earthworms make decisions, rats love to be tickled,... show more
Noted science writer Virginia Morell explores the frontiers of research on animal cognition and emotion, offering a surprising and moving exploration into the hearts and minds of wild and domesticated animals. Did you know that ants teach, earthworms make decisions, rats love to be tickled, and chimps grieve? Did you know that some dogs have thousand-word vocabularies and that birds practice songs in their sleep? That crows improvise tools, blue jays plan ahead, and moths remember living as caterpillars? Animal Wise takes us on a dazzling odyssey into the inner world of animals, from ants to elephants to wolves, and from sharp-shooting archerfish to pods of dolphins that rumble like rival street gangs. With 30 years of experience covering the sciences, Morell uses her formidable gifts as a story-teller to transport us to field sites and laboratories around the world, introducing us to pioneering animal-cognition researchers and their surprisingly intelligent and sensitive subjects. She explores how this rapidly evolving, controversial field has only recently overturned old notions about why animals behave as they do. She probes the moral and ethical dilemmas of recognizing that even “lesser animals” have cognitive abilities such as memory, feelings, personality, and self-awareness--traits that many in the twentieth century felt were unique to human beings. By standing behaviorism on its head, Morell brings the world of nature brilliantly alive in a nuanced, deeply felt appreciation of the human-animal bond, and she shares her admiration for the men and women who have simultaneously chipped away at what we think makes us distinctive while offering a glimpse of where our own abilities come from.
Publish date: February 26th 2013
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
, Popular Science
, Science Nature
People who live with or love animals know they are intelligent and have emotions, but our stories about the antics of our beloved pets are just anecdotes to scientists and don’t meet the exacting standards of rigorous experiment based proof. While not a scientist herself, science writer Virginia Mor...
I received a copy of this book from Goodreads First Reads.This book was absolutely fabulous! I was so engrossed with the book from the very first page. Morell covers the thoughts and emotions of a wide array of creatures, from ants and fish to the great apes. She gives each one their due respect, an...
Oh my gosh! I'm going to get to read this sooner than I'd thought because I just won my FIRST EVER FIRST READS GIVEAWAY!!! HEE HEE HEE HEE HEE! And this is a perfect first winner, too, because if it's here in time for Christmas, I can read it with my niece who is interested in animals and their thou...