By Marc Bekoff
This publication is a big selection of brief papers, just a little related popular to what you are going to get in a peer-reviewed magazine. i discovered a lot of them uninteresting, yet a couple of have been more than enough to make the ebook worthy buying.
Slobodchikoff's paper on prairie puppy speech is what attracted me to the booklet; it truly is fascinating yet does not say adequate to supply a powerful solution to my questions about how refined their grammar is.
Several of the papers supply great anecdotes of refined habit the place i did not anticipate it (e.g. it seems that unique making plans by means of a spider), yet I occasionally ask yourself to what quantity there is a choice bias that reasons advanced habit to be overemphasized in reviews of this nature, considering they are extra attention-grabbing to learn than reviews of animals failing to show shrewdpermanent habit.
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Additional info for The Cognitive Animal: Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives on Animal Cognition
See Ghiselin (1969, p. 201). While Darwin cited George Romanes’ criterion of deducing intelligence ‘‘only when we see an individual proﬁting by its own experience’’ (1881/1985, p. 95), he neither endorsed nor applied it as a stringent criterion. Darwin sent relevant pages of the manuscript about worm intelligence to Romanes, asking him to comment. Romanes replied ‘‘that there may be intelligence without self-consciousness’’ (cited in Gra¤ 1983, p. 11). 8 References Abram, D. (1996). The Spell of the Sensuous.
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Claiming that our language is superior risks not being aware of its limitations compared with communication in other species because we are biased in our understanding of it. We are not denying that human language might be, and probably is, generally more complex than other forms of communication in all other animals. Nevertheless, it is uncritically anthropomorphic to begin research on comparative language with this bias, which often goes unrecognized. Zoos as Products of Anthropomorphism by Design Zoo exhibits, even the most modern, are often shaped much more by the needs of the human visitors or human caretakers than the animals shown living in supposedly ‘‘natural’’ settings.