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Animal Wise - Virginia Morell

Animal Wise

Author Virginia Morell

  • Published: 2013-02-26
  • Category: Nature

Description

The New York Times Bestseller that explores animal intelligence and will alter the way we as humans view other species.
   
Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a fish? Or a parrot, dolphin, or an elephant?  Do they experience thoughts that are similar to ours, or have feelings of grief and love? These are tough questions, but scientists are answering them. They know that ants teach and rats love to be tickled. They’ve discovered that dogs have thousand-word vocabularies and that birds practice their songs in their sleep. But how do scientists know these things?

Animal Wise
takes us on a dazzling odyssey into the inner world of animals and among the pioneering researchers who are leading the way into once-uncharted territory: the animal mind. Morell uses her formidable gifts as a storyteller to transport us to field sites and laboratories around the world, introducing us to animal-cognition scientists 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. In this surprising and moving book, Morell brings the world of nature brilliantly alive in a nuanced, deeply felt appreciation of the human-animal bond.

Top Customer Reviews

  • Animal minds

    4
    From Katykin
    This book is full of stories of wonder. The most unlikely subjects are put under observation and. The reports on the findings are some of the most interesting information I have read. Many people will scoff at some of the ideas but just as many will say they knew it all along. I'm one of the latter so I was excited to read cover to cover as quickly as I could. Muttering "yeah, uh huh, yup" and " for sure".