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Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel

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Baroness Hollins is Chair of the Board of Trustees and editorial content is still overseen by her, together with a wider team of expert authors, artists and readers who find pictures easier than words. In 2022, Nigel was awarded a Learning Disability National Leadership Award, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from Beyond Words.

He lives on Long Island, New York with his wife Patricia, the two best beach-running dogs in the world, some chickens, a couple of parrots, and Frankie the kingsnake. It was so taboo for the longest time for any animal behaviorist to suggest there were emotions and feelings in other animals it could be a career ending paper to put forth that maybe we aren't alone in this.Observe what an animal does, scientists advise, but speculation about mental experiences is meaningless, a waste of time. And we learn of one elephant matriarch who has been the leader of the herd for decades, maintaining lifelong bonds with her children. In example after example, we are shown how acts of individuals from these species bear resemblance in multiple ways to human behaviors associated with the full range of emotions: love, empathy, joy, envy, jealousy, pride, shame, pity, grief, and likely awe and magnanimity. Then read the text, but please don't read the text to the person or group of people you are supporting. Hare's book draws conclusions by looking at particular experiments, stipulating how they were carried out and analyzing their results.

I appreciated a lot his pondering of the special consciousness elephants seem to have about death and the meaning of incredible restraint among killer whales in never attacking humans. Once in a long while, a book is published that felicitously combines lambent writing with dazzling facts, while also illuminating our knowledge of significant and engaging subjects. Segmented like the tree trunks of the palms under which they sometimes rest, the trunk is an elephant's Swiss Army knife.Of course nobody really knows what is conveyed in the rich sonar and aural productions of Cetaceans, the howling of wolves, the recently discovered complex vocalizations of elephants in the low frequency range below human hearing, and the repertoire of gestures being uncovered among gorillas and other apes. If you've studied Ethology (animal behavior) Biology or Zoology and all your life you've been told it goes against science to "anthropomorphize" get this book and realize why this is an archaic way of thinking.

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