Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

By | October 18, 2017
Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? Author Frans de Waal
ISBN-10 0393353664
ISBN-13 9780393353662
Year 2017-04-04
Pages 352
Language English
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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A New York Times Bestseller Astonishing has the makings of a classicand one fantastic read PeopleWhat separates your mind from an animals Maybe you think its your ability to design tools your sense of self or your grasp of past and futureall traits that have helped us define ourselves as the planets 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 weve 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 more like a bush with cognition taking different forms that are often incomparable to ours Would you presume yourself dumber than a squirrel because youre less adept at recalling the locations of hundreds of buried acorns Or would you judge your perception of your surroundings as more 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 more intricate and complex than we have assumed De Waals landmark work will convince you to rethink everything you thought you knew about animaland humanintelligence 32 illlustrations

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