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Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures

Popular Science
Noted science writer Virginia Morell explores the frontiers of research on animal cognition and emotion

By: Virginia Morell (Author)

291 pages, no illustrations

Old Street Publishing

Paperback | May 2013 | #204106 | ISBN-13: 9781906964917
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Hardback | Feb 2013 | #204108 | ISBN-13: 9780307461445
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About this book

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: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures 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.

"A delightful exploration of how animals think [...] Morell makes a fascinating, convincing case that even primitive animals give some thought to their actions."
- Kirkus Reviews

"After you read this book. you will be convinced that many different animal species have true thoughts and emotions."
- Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation

"Anyone who reads this book will be changed forever in their view of life on earth."
- Richard Leakey, author of The Sixth Extinction


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