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Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds


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ISBN13: 9780060930639
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crowyhead, July 24, 2007 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This book, for some reason, took me ages to get through -- I think I started reading it in April! It was still very good, just quite dense, and a hard one to sit down and read for a long time because of all of the information contained within. Heinrich has made an exhaustive study of the habits and quirks of ravens. His biggest area of interest is the measure of their intelligence; much of what ravens do seems incredibly brilliant to humans, but how much of it is innate, how much of it is learned behavior, and how much involves actual reasoning and planning? Heinrich is also fascinated by the many behaviors ravens engage in that don't seem to have any practical purpose, and spends considerable time trying to discern whether they are truly playing, or if there is something instinctual going on. Heinrich is incredibly rigorous in his studies, and thus draws very few hard and fast conclusions, but it is fascinating to realize just how intelligent and mysterious these relatively common birds are. If you are looking for a lighter, faster read on the subject, I recommend In the Company of Crows and Ravens by John M. Marzluff, Tony Angell, and Paul R. Ehrlich; it's less rigorous in terms of the science, but it's an enjoyable book nonetheless.
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LeanMeanJosephine, August 14, 2006 (view all comments by LeanMeanJosephine)
This book is utterly fascinating. Granted, it helps if you have some basis of interest in nature studies, ravens or birds, and/or brain physiology to find Heinrich's writing as riveting as I -- but, indeed, riveted you'll be! Heinrich covers a wealth of information about ravens and their habits, habitats, and astounding brains. These birds are truly remarkable, smart characters, and this book does them justice.
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Exploring Dolphin Minds and Saving Dolphin Lives
Heinrich, Bernd
Reiss, Diana
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
New York
Birds & Birdwatching
Life Sciences - Zoology - General
Birds & Birdwatching - General
Marine Life
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1st Ecco pbk. ed.
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Trade Cloth
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8-pp insert
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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"Review" by , "Heinrich has a rare ability to embed dense scientific explications within graceful, lightfooted nature writing....The mind of Bernd Heinrich is a big, antic thing, like a raven, and meant to live outdoors."
"Review" by , "An amazing book by an amazing author. Heinrich has documented a level of intelligence and social sophistication rarely even dreamed to exist in birds."
"Review" by , "Mind of the Raven combines a compelling exploration of the nature of consciousness with an unremittingly delicious jaunt in the woods....Heinrich is a grand storyteller."
"Review" by , "A fine, entertaining book for general readers, as well as an excellent resource for those seeking meticulously gathered and documented scientific information."
"Review" by , "Left unsaid in this learned study is how many hours Heinrich sat motionless in the deep-space cold of a Maine winter to gather these observations. There lies the gauge of his enterprise, understanding, and passion."
"Review" by , "Bernd Heinrich is one of the finest living examples of that strange hybrid: the science writer....No definition of God has ever made me feel as comfortable, small and important in the universe as Heinrich's insight into the mind of the raven."
"Synopsis" by , Dolphins arenand#8217;t just beloved, they are brilliant and conscious. So why do we treat them so terribly? Diana Reiss is one of the worldand#8217;s leading experts on dolphin intelligence. In addition, as a dolphin advocate, she is a leading rescuer who helped inspire and served as an adviser for the Oscar-winning filmThe Cove.Here, she combines her science and activism to show just how smart dolphins really are and why we must stop mistreating them. Readers will be astonished at their sophisticated lifelong creativity and playfulness, their emotional intelligence, their level of self-awareness, and their ability to communicate with humans. Her beloved mentor dolphins (as she calls them), each with distinct personalities, create their own toys, use underwater keyboards, tease and scold her playfully, and give us glimpses of their intelligence that often seem very familiar.The Dolphin in the Mirroris both a scientific revelation and an emotional eye-opener, revealing one of the greatest intelligences on the planet.
"Synopsis" by , In Mind of the Raven,Bernd Heinrich, award - winning naturalist, finds himself dreaming of ravens and decides he must get to the truth about this animal reputed to be so intelligent.

Much like a sleuth, Heinrich involves us in his quest, letting one clue lead to the next. But as animals can only be spied on by getting quite close Heinrich adopts ravens, thereby becoming a "raven father," as well as observing them in their natural habitat, studying their daily routines, and in the process painting a vivid picture of the world as lived by the ravens. At the heart of this book are Heinrich's love and respect for these complex and engaging creatures, and through his keen observation andanalysis, we become their intimates too.

Throughout history there has existed an extraordinary relationship between humans and ravens. Ravens, like early humans, are scavengers on the kills of great carnivores. As scavengers, ravens were associated with hunters they found in the north: wolves and, later, men. The trinity of wolf, man, and raven in the hunt is an extremely ancient one. In considering the appeal of the raven, Bernd Heinrich suspects that a meeting of the minds might reside in that hunting trinity.

Heinrich's passion for ravens has led him around the world in his research. Mind of the Raventakes you on an exotic journey--from New England to Germany, Montana to Baffin Island in the high Arctic--offering dazzling accounts of how science works in the field, filtered through the eyes of a passionate observer of nature.

Heinrich has a true gift; through his stories, his beautiful writing, illustrations, and photography, the ravens come alive. Each new discovery and insight into their behavior is thrilling to read. just as the title promises, the reader is given a rare glimpse into the mind of these wonderful creatures.Following the dictum of Leonardo da Vinci--"It is not enough to believe what you see. YOU Must also understand what you see"--Bernd Heinrich enables us to see the natural world through the eyes of a scientist. At once lyrical and scientific, Mind of the Ravenis bound to be a modern classic.

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