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Are we smart enough to know how smart animals are?

Author: F B M de Waal
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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What separates your mind from that of an animal? Is it the ability to design tools; a sense of self; or the grasp of past and future? In recent decades these claims have eroded, or even been disproven outright, by a revolution in the study of animal cognition. Waal explores both the scope and the depth of animal intelligence, offering a firsthand account of how science has stood traditional behaviorism on its head  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: F B M de Waal
ISBN: 9780393246186 0393246183 9781783783045 1783783044
OCLC Number: 921868861
Description: 340 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Magic wells --
A tale of two schools --
Cognitive ripples --
Talk to me --
The measure of all things --
Social skills --
Time will tell --
Of mirrors and jars --
Evolutionary cognition.
Responsibility: Frans de Waal ; with drawings by the author.

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What separates your mind from that of an animal? Is it the ability to design tools; a sense of self; or the grasp of past and future? In recent decades these claims have eroded, or even been disproven outright, by a revolution in the study of animal cognition. Waal explores both the scope and the depth of animal intelligence, offering a firsthand account of how science has stood traditional behaviorism on its head by revealing how smart animals really are, and how we've underestimated their abilities for too long.

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