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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, 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.
The Emotional Lives of Animals: A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy - and Why They Matter
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Book! Book! Book!
You think it s easy to check a book out of the library? Well, not if you re a cow!When the children go back to school, the animals on the farm have nothing to do. That is . . . until they discover the... building with the word Library on the front. But when Cow, Pig, Horse, and Goat try to check out a book, they are me t with a very puzzled librarian. Why can t she understand? It is only when Hen gives it a try book! Book! BOOK! that the animals finally get what they want!Book MagazineBored because the farm children have gone back to school, a group of animals hikes into town one day. They see adults and children with happy faces emerging from a building labeled Public Library, so one by one the animals enter to find something to do. The friendly librarian can't understand their neighs, moos, baaahs and oinks, until the chicken comes in clucking, Book! Book! Childlike illustrations glowing with rich colors follow the pleased book-bearing menagerie home, where their sounds of delight lasted until sundown. —Kristin Kloberdanz
Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves
For The First Time, A Historian Of Science Draws Evidence From Across The World To Show How Humans And Other Animals Are Astonishingly Similar When It Comes To Their Feelings And The Ways In Which The...y Lose Their Minds. For The First Time, A Historian Of Science Draws Evidence From Across The World To Show How Humans And Other Animals Are Astonishingly Similar When It Comes To Their Feelings And The Ways In Which They Lose Their Minds. Charles Darwin Developed His Evolutionary Theories By Looking At Physical Differences In Galapagos Finches And Fancy Pigeons. Alfred Russell Wallace Investigated A Range Of Creatures In The Malay Archipelago. Laurel Braitman Got Her Lessons Closer To Home--by Watching Her Dog. Oliver Snapped At Flies That Only He Could See, Ate Ziploc Bags, Towels, And Cartons Of Eggs. He Suffered Debilitating Separation Anxiety, Was Prone To Aggression, And May Even Have Attempted Suicide. Her Experience With Oliver Forced Laurel To Acknowledge A Form Of Continuity Between Humans And Other Animals That, First As A Biology Major And Later As A Phd Student At Mit, She'd Never Been Taught In School. Nonhuman Animals Can Lose Their Minds. And When They Do, It Often Looks A Lot Like Human Mental Illness. Thankfully, All Of Us Can Heal. As Laurel Spent Three Years Traveling The World In Search Of Emotionally Disturbed Animals And The People Who Care For Them, She Discovered Numerous Stories Of Recovery: Parrots That Learn How To Stop Plucking Their Feathers, Dogs That Cease Licking Their Tails Raw, Polar Bears That Stop Swimming In Compulsive Circles, And Great Apes That Benefit From The Help Of Human Psychiatrists. How Do These Animals Recover? The Same Way We Do: With Love, With Medicine, And Above All, With The Knowledge That Someone Understands Why We Suffer And What Can Make Us Feel Better. After All Of The Digging In The Archives Of Museums And Zoos, The Years Synthesizing Scientific Literature, And The Hours Observing Dog Parks, Wildlife Encounters, And Amusement Parks, Laurel Found That Understanding The Emotional Distress Of Animals Can Help Us Better Understand Ourselves-- The Tail Tip Of The Iceberg -- Proxies And Mirrors -- Diagnosing The Elephant -- If Juliet Were A Parrot -- Animal Pharm -- Family Therapy -- When The Devil Fish Forgive. Laurel Braitman. First Simon & Schuster Hardcover Edition June 2014--title Page Verso. Includes Bibliographical References (pages 289-360) And Index.
The basic book about the controversial philosophy known as behaviorism, written by its leading exponent. Bibliography, index. The basic book about the controversial philosoph...y known as behaviorism, written by its leading exponent.
The Animal Book
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The Animal-Lover's Book of Beastly Murder
Following the national bestseller Selected Stories, this fall brings the republication of a gripping Highsmith classic. Stories from The Animal-Lover's Book of Beastly Murder portray, with incisive hu...mor, the murderously competitive desires of our most trusted companions. In this satirical reprise of Kafka, cats, dogs, and the occasional cockroach are no longer benign elements of a happy home but actually have the power to destroy it.
The Dog's Mind: Understanding Your Dog's Behavior
"Quite simply this is an excellent book. It is well-written, with snatches of dry humour. It should be mandatory reading for anybody who keeps a dog or has intentions of so doing." —R. W. F. Poo...le, Daily Telegraph How do dogs perceive the world about them? How do they see, hear, learn, relate to their owners? How large are their brains, what is their emotional makeup? Why do they suffer from stress and how can it be coped with? Over the last few years a substantial body of knowledge has been built up about the psychology of dog behavior. Combining more than twenty years of practical experience as a veterinary clinician with a personal knowledge and understanding of the latest international research, Dr. Bruce Fogle has written the most inclusive and relevant book on how the canine mind works. Booknews This informative book tells how the canine mind works. Well written, with bits of dry humor, it describes how a dog thinks and why it does what it does. Includes a section on how to train a dog to respond to simple commands such as "sit" and "stay". Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Becoming Wild: How Animals Learn Who They Are
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2020"In this superbly articulate cri de coeur, Safina gives us a new way of looking at the natural world that is radically different."—The Washington PostNew York Time...s bestselling author Carl Safina brings readers close to three non-human cultures—what they do, why they do it, and how life is for them.A New York Times Notable Books of 2020Some believe that culture is strictly a human phenomenon. But this book reveals cultures of other-than-human beings in some of Earth’s remaining wild places. It shows how if you’re a sperm whale, a scarlet macaw, or a chimpanzee, you too come to understand yourself as an individual within a particular community that does things in specific ways, that has traditions. Alongside genes, culture is a second form of inheritance, passed through generations as pools of learned knowledge. As situations change, social learning—culture—allows behaviors to adjust much faster than genes can adapt.Becoming Wild brings readers into intimate proximity with various nonhuman individuals in their free-living communities. It presents a revelatory account of how animals function beyond our usual view. Safina shows that for non-humans and humans alike, culture comprises the answers to the question, “How do we live here?” It unites individuals within a group identity. But cultural groups often seek to avoid, or even be hostile toward, other factions. By showing that this is true across species, Safina illuminates why human cultural tensions remain maddeningly intractable despite the arbitrariness of many of our differences. Becoming Wild takes readers behind the curtain of life on Earth, to witness from a new vantage point the most world-saving of perceptions: how we are all connected.
Animal Behavior: An Evolutionary Approach
Evolutionary Approach To Animal Behavior -- Understanding The Proximate And Ultimate Causes Of Bird Song -- Development Of Behavior -- Control Of Behavior : Neural Mechanisms -- Organization Of Behavi...or : Neurons And Hormones -- Behavioral Adaptations For Survival -- Evolution Of Feeding Behavior -- Choosing Where To Live -- Evolution Of Communication -- Evolution Of Reproductive Behavior -- Evolution Of Mating Systems -- Evolution Of Parental Care -- Evolution Of Social Behavior -- Evolution Of Human Behavior. John Alcock. Includes Bibliographical References (p. -550) And Index.