Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

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Product Number: DD24482
Released: Apr 25, 2016
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ISBN: #9781504712224
Narrator/s: Sean Runnette
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What separates your mind from an animal's? Is it your ability to design tools, your sense of self, or your grasp of past and future that makes humans the superior species? But these claims have been eroded-or even disproved outright-by recent studies of animal cognition. Based on research involving crows, dolphins, parrots, sheep, wasps, bats, whales, chimpanzees, and bonobos, world-renowned primatologist 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 are-and how we have underestimated their abilities for too long.

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Author(s): Frans De Waal
Genre: Science
Awards:New York Times Bestseller

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Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?
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Author(s): Frans De Waal
Narrator(s): Sean Runnette
Genre: Science
Product Number Z100103756
Released: Apr 25, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781504712163

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"Sean Runnette narrates with a scholarly voice, at times waxing philosophical. A chimp can plan ahead, gathering straw for warmth against expected cold temperatures. An elephant knows to use a box as a step to get to fruits. Gorillas can disarm poachers' snares. Observations like those make Frans de Waal think humans have underestimated animals' intelligence and cognition. The author's philosophical or theorizing moments can bog this material down, but not for long. The audiobook keeps returning to its strength, the numerous examples, not just of chimps but also of many other species. The stories of honey badgers who escape captivity, dolphins who work with fishermen, and parrots who actually converse are fascinating. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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