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Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? Instead of making humanity the measure of all things, we need to evaluate other species by what they are.The field of animal cognition needs to take a lesson from the field of human education the multiple intelligence model Not every student will be good at every part of the curriculum, but it s a rare person who isn t talented at anything Physical talent in sports or a love and understanding of nature count as kinds of intelligence, acknowledging that the academic subjects are not necessarily Instead of making humanity the measure of all things, we need to evaluate other species by what they are.The field of animal cognition needs to take a lesson from the field of human education the multiple intelligence model Not every student will be good at every part of the curriculum, but it s a rare person who isn t talented at anything Physical talent in sports or a love and understanding of nat I m going to skip this one Tried for a few weeks to get through it Interesting Two stars means it was OK But did not rock my boat If it s meant for plebs like me, then write it in a language I would understand I guess it s meant for a different audience A great scientific exercise. I cannot give this book less than three stars because it contains lots of totally fascinating information about animals the greater and lesser apes, whales, octopus, fish, birds and elephants for example The author is a Dutch primatologist and ethologist He is the Charles Howard Candler professor of Primate Behavior at the Emory University psychology department in Atlanta, Georgia, and director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center Primate social behavior I cannot give this book less than three stars because it contains lots of totally fascinating information about animals the greater and lesser apes, whales, octopus, fish, birds and elephants for example The author is a Dutch primatologist and ethologist He is the Charles Howard Candler professor of Primate Behavior at the Emory University psychology department in Atlanta, Georgia, and director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center Primate social behavior is his central focus but this book goes beyond primates The latest research about the abilities of animals and animal cognition is exciting Our knowledge concerning the science of animal cognition, self awareness, understanding, cooperation, inequity aversion, conformism and empathy has progressed far from the early days of behaviorism The book starts with a review of the history of the science Nevertheless, I did have problems with Well, some people are smart enough to know how smart animals are but some people are not It depends on whether experimenters can put themselves into the frame of the animal they are studying Testing an animal in the same way as one might test a human just doesn t cut it And this is the main theme of the book that researchers must test animals in accordance with their biology and move away from human centric approaches.Frans de Waal has written a fabulous book about researching the intellige Well, some people are smart enough to know how smart animals are but some people are not It depends on whether experimenters can put themselves into the frame of the animal they are studying Testing an animal in the same way as one might test a human just doesn t cut it And this is the main theme of the book that researchers must test animals in accordance with their biology and move away from human centric approaches.Frans de Waal has written a fabulous book about researching the intelligence of animals De Waal is a zoologist whose specialty is primates, and he has been studying them for For awhile Woodland Park Zoo in my hometown was in the midst of creating outdoor environments for most of its animals where they could run and hide through tall grasses and shrubbery, climb trees, jump on rocks, or swim in ponds, or swing on tires With every visit I saw fewer and fewer animals lived in small cement cages I had bought an annual pass which entitled me to go to the zoo whenever as often as I liked I worked near the zoo.I used to go to the gorilla display at the Zoo during my l For awhile Woodland Park Zoo in my hometown was in the midst of creating outdoor environments for most of its animals where they could run and hide through tall grasses and shrubbery, climb trees, jump on rocks, or swim in ponds, or swing on tires With every visit I saw fewer and fewer animals lived in small cement cages I had bought an annual pass which entitled me to go to the zoo whenever as often as I liked I worked near the zoo.I used to go to the gorilla display at the Zoo during my lunch hour on occasi Sometimes it can be hard to review a book for what it is instead of for what you wanted it to be This is probably most true of fiction, but science books also vary in the level of depth to which they explore their topic It can be tough as a reader to judge what audience the author is after, and that can lead to some discrepancy in the technicality of the reading material than expected Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Arewas a book that delved farin depth into the field of Sometimes it can be hard to review a book for what it is instead of for what you wanted it to be This is probably most true of fiction, but science books also vary in If you read only one book on animal cognition or cognitive ethology, make it this one If you ve read a bunch, as I have, read this anyway There are some that areinteresting, orfocused, but this is the best current summary of the field, at least for a popular audience that I can find It concisely provides history, anecdotes, references to other works and studies, a look at the future, and plenty of hard science.I sincerely doubt I ll ever read another book published before this As If you read only one book on animal cognition or cognitive ethology, make it this one If you ve read a bunch, as I have, read this anyway There are some that areinteresting, orfocused, but this is the best current summary of the field, at least for a popular audience that I can find It concisely provides history, anecdotes, references to other works and studies, a look at the future, and plenty of hard science.I sincerely doubt I ll ever read another book published before this As you probably know, I have enjoyed quite a few already, but the field is evolving, methodologies are being refined, younger anddiverse scientists have bravely thrown off the shackles of the behavorists and of the dogma of human vs animal, and it s become time we th A New York Times Bestseller Astonishing Has The Makings Of A Classic And One Fantastic Read PeopleWhat Separates Your Mind From An Animal S Maybe You Think It S Your Ability To Design Tools, Your Sense Of Self, Or Your Grasp Of Past And Future All Traits That Have Helped Us Define Ourselves As The Planet S Preeminent Species But In Recent Decades, These Claims Have Eroded, Or Even Been Disproven Outright, By A Revolution In The Study Of Animal Cognition Take The Way Octopuses Use Coconut Shells As Tools Elephants That Classify Humans By Age, Gender, And Language Or Ayumu, The Young Male Chimpanzee At Kyoto University Whose Flash Memory Puts That Of Humans To Shame Based On Research Involving Crows, Dolphins, Parrots, Sheep, Wasps, Bats, Whales, And Of Course Chimpanzees And Bonobos, Frans De Waal Explores Both The Scope And The Depth Of Animal Intelligence He Offers A Firsthand Account Of How Science Has Stood Traditional Behaviorism On Its Head By Revealing How Smart Animals Really Are, And How We Ve Underestimated Their Abilities For Too Long.People Often Assume A Cognitive Ladder, From Lower To Higher Forms, With Our Own Intelligence At The Top But What If It Is Like A Bush, With Cognition Taking Different Forms That Are Often Incomparable To Ours Would You Presume Yourself Dumber Than A Squirrel Because You Re Less Adept At Recalling The Locations Of Hundreds Of Buried Acorns Or Would You Judge Your Perception Of Your Surroundings As Sophisticated Than That Of A Echolocating Bat De Waal Reviews The Rise And Fall Of The Mechanistic View Of Animals And Opens Our Minds To The Idea That Animal Minds Are Far Intricate And Complex Than We Have Assumed De Waal S Landmark Work Will Convince You To Rethink Everything You Thought You Knew About Animal And Human Intelligence. This is another one of my non reviewsof a literary emotional ramble than an actual critique Humans are arrogant This much I know about us as a species, so to answer the question that the title of this book suggests, I would have to say, generally, we haven t a clue how smart animals are We are just dumb animals too, after all, and there is some arrogance in even asking the question Who is to say we are the better species for running this ole planet of ours Empirical evidence dem This is another one of my non reviewsof a literary emotional ramble than an actual critique Humans are arrogant This much I know about us as a species, so to answer the question that the title of this book suggests, I would have to say, generally, we haven t a clue how smart animals are We are just dumb animals too, after all, and there is some arrogance in even asking the question Who is to say we are the better species for running this ole planet of ours Empirical evidence demonstrates quite the opposite in fact Left to the lions and tigers and bears I wonder if we would be in quite the mess we are in, ecologically But this isn t meant to be a rant on ecology either Ethology the study of animal behaviour with emphasis on their behavioural patterns in the wildThis is acommon sense method of studying animal behaviour, albeit it is not a new science or approach, but one that is being adoptedfrequently by thoughtful, obser Wow Frans de Waal s Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are is a breath of fresh air It is a refreshing, insightful science book that both enlightens and entertains In fact, I d call it the most interesting science book I ve read since Godel, Escher, Bach If you ve ever had a dog or a cat, you know they have insides They think They relate And they have distinct personalities And to see any dog looking at their master, waiting for a command that seems love and respect person Wow Frans de Waal s Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are is a breath of fresh air It is a refreshing, insightful science book that both enlightens and entertains In fact, I d call it the most interesting science book I ve read since Godel, Escher, Bach If you ve ever had a dog or a cat, you know they have insides They think They relate And they have distinct personalities And to see any dog looking at their master, waiting for a command that seems love and respect personified Problem is, university professors, even today, teach that animals had no insides They are stimulus response machines So that dog s puppy eyes reveal neither kindness nor affection for the owner Instead, it was a learned response, since the master rewards a dog with a pat or food for that look That behaviorist perspective never sat well


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