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Do baboons have a sense of right and wrong? Do cats and dogs have their feelings hurt? Animal behavior expert Jonathan Balcombe makes the case that animals, once viewed only as mindless automatons, actually have rich sensory experiences and emotional complexity. Drawing on new research, observational studies, and personal anecdotes to reveal the full spectrum of animal experience, Balcombe paints a new picture of the inner lives of animals that diverges from the “fight or die” image often presented in the popular media. He challenges traditional views of animals and makes the case for why the human-animal relationship needs a complete overhaul.

Did you know that dogs recognize unfairness and that rats practice random acts of kindness? Did you know that chimpanzees can trounce humans in short-term memory games? Or that fishes distinguish good guys from cheaters, and that birds are susceptible to mood swings such as depression and optimism? With vivid stories and entertaining anecdotes, Balcombe gives the human pedestal a strong shake while opening the door into the inner lives of the animals themselves.

About the Author

 

Jonathan Balcombe, Ph.D., is a former animal behavior research scientist for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and currently a consultant based in Washington, D.C. He is the author of Pleasurable Kingdom. For more information visit http://jonathanbalcombe.com/.

Table of Contents

PART I: EXPERIENCE

Introduction

Tuning In (Animal Sensitivity)

With Feeling (Emotions)

Knowing it (Awareness)

PART II: COEXISTENCE

Conveying it (Communication)

Getting Along (Sociability)

Doing Good (Virtue)

PART III: EMERGENCE

Rethinking Wild Existence

Homo Fallible

The New Humanity

Product Details

ISBN:
9780230107816
Author:
Balcombe, Jonathan
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Foreword by:
Coetzee, J. M.
Author:
Coetzee, J. M.
Subject:
Biology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Zoology - General
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Subject:
Biology-Zoology
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
MacSci
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
10 x 7 x 2 in

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