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In this important book, world-renowned biologist Marc Bekoff questions the conventional scientific “wisdom” that denies animal emotions. He makes a strong case for something that every animal lover and pet owner already knows: animals have rich emotional lives that not only can teach us about love, empathy, and compassion but also challenge us to rethink our domination over and too-frequent abuse of them. Bekoff skillfully blends stories of animal grief, joy, embarrassment, anger, and love with current scientific research that confirms the existence of these shared traits between humans and their animal kin. He explores the evolutionary purposes of emotions, the brain structures that produce them, the evolutionary continuum of shared brain structures between species, breakthroughs garnered from new, noninvasive neurological research techniques. Filled with Bekoff’s light humor and touching animal stories from animals around the world, The Emotional Lives of Animals argues for a reassessment of how we view — and treat — our extraordinary animal friends.

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Bekoff (ecology and evolutionary biology, U. of Colorado, Boulder) is a regional coordinator for Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots program and a member of the Ethics Committee of the Jane Goodall Institute. His main areas of research include animal behavior, cognitive ethology, and behavior ecology, and he has written extensively on animal protection. In this text, he combines stories of animal joy, empathy, grief, embarrassment, anger, and love with scientific research confirming the existence of animal emotions. Originally published in 2007, the text is made available to a wider audience with the 2008 paperback edition. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Based on award-winning scientist Marc Bekoffs years studying social communication in a wide range of species, this important book shows that animals have rich emotional lives. Bekoff skillfully blends extraordinary stories of animal joy, empathy, grief, embarrassment, anger, and love with the latest scientific research confirming the existence of emotions that common sense and experience have long implied. Filled with Bekoffs light humor and touching stories, The Emotional Lives of Animals is a clarion call for reassessing both how we view animals and how we treat them.

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h4hounds, January 13, 2012 (view all comments by h4hounds)
A powerful read, important for anyone who deals with animals on any level.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781577316299
Author:
Bekoff, Marc
Publisher:
New World Library
Foreword by:
Goodall, Jane
Foreword:
Goodall, Jane
Author:
Goodall, Jane
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Life Sciences - Zoology - General
Subject:
Emotions
Subject:
Emotions in animals
Subject:
Animals - General
Subject:
Biology-Zoology
Edition Description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Publication Date:
20080531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in 10 oz

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Based on award-winning scientist Marc Bekoffs years studying social communication in a wide range of species, this important book shows that animals have rich emotional lives. Bekoff skillfully blends extraordinary stories of animal joy, empathy, grief, embarrassment, anger, and love with the latest scientific research confirming the existence of emotions that common sense and experience have long implied. Filled with Bekoffs light humor and touching stories, The Emotional Lives of Animals is a clarion call for reassessing both how we view animals and how we treat them.
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