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Animal Wise - The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures

Virginia Morell

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. Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a fish? Or a parrot, dolphin, or 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, earthworms make decisions, and that rats love to be tickled. They've discovered that dogs have thousand-word vocabularies, that parrots and dolphins have names, 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 from ants to wolves, and among the pioneering researchers who are leading the way into once-forbidden territory: the animal mind. With thirty 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 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. 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. From the Hardcover edition.

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. Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a fish? Or a parrot, dolphin, or 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, earthworms make decisions, and that rats love to be tickled. They've discovered that dogs have thousand-word vocabularies, that parrots and dolphins have names, 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 from ants to wolves, and among the pioneering researchers who are leading the way into once-forbidden territory: the animal mind. With thirty 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 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. 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. From the Hardcover edition.
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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. Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a fish? Or a parrot, dolphin, or 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, earthworms make decisions, and that rats love to be tickled. They've discovered that dogs have thousand-word vocabularies, that parrots and dolphins have names, 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 from ants to wolves, and among the pioneering researchers who are leading the way into once-forbidden territory: the animal mind. With thirty 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 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. 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. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kirsten Potter

Length:

10h 57m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:13


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:27


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:22


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:33


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:09


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:22


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:01


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

02:57


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:34


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:13


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

02:09


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:12


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:57


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:36


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:28


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:44


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:05


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:05


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:49


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:26


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:25


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:22


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:41


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

02:32


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:33


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:50


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:28


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:45


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:37


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:22


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:27


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:02


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:03


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:59


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:46


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:04


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

02:27


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:38


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:58


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:12


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:37


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:06


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:41


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:46


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:48


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

02:34


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:51


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:44


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:11


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:06


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

02:41


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

02:31


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

02:56


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

02:49


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:47


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:26


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:51


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:18


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:55


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:05


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:02


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

02:52


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

02:42


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:05


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

02:59


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

02:28


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:17


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:57


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:56


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:27


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:32


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:54


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:15


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

02:23


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:51


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:06


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:48


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:26


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:07


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:46


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

02:41


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:55


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:00


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

02:56


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:20


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:31


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:07


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:23


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:06


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:16


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:09


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

02:33


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:29


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:18


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:21


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

02:51


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

02:55


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

03:36


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:09


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

02:41


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

03:10


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

02:21


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:47


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:14


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:09


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

02:29


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:51


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

03:14


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

03:30


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

02:36


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

03:08


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

03:18


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

02:21


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

03:02


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

02:53


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

03:14


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

02:41


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

02:39


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

02:56


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

02:33


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

02:26


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

03:48


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

03:34


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

03:45


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

03:53


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

04:15


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

04:11


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

03:26


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

03:23


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

03:11


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

03:23


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

02:42


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

02:48


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

03:36


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

04:49


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

03:34


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

04:33


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

03:38


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

04:12


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

04:08


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

03:35


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

03:18


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

02:28


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

02:57


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

02:38


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

03:50


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

04:10


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

03:31


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

03:45


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

04:09


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

03:09


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

02:13


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

04:22


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

02:41


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

03:55


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

03:28


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

02:44


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

03:13


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

01:24


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

03:35


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

03:55


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

02:22


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

03:06


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

03:19


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

01:47


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

02:34


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

02:32


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

03:21


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

03:13


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

02:38


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

03:31


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

02:51


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

03:26


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

04:12


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

03:16


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

02:11


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

04:02


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

05:09


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

04:34


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

03:15


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

02:48


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

01:24


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

01:44


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

03:35


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

03:44


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

02:46


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

03:59


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

01:39


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

00:28