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Clever as a fox : animal intelligence and what it can teach us about ourselves

Author: Sonja Ingrid Yoerg
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Harvard University Press pbk. edView all editions and formats
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"Dogs are Smarter than Cats, dolphins and chimps are more clever than both, and we who determine the rankings top the scale - or so we think. But are we thinking clearly? To appreciate the mental abilities of the owl and the pussycat, the tortoise and the hare, requires a commitment to unraveling the nature of intelligence - a tricky and controversial proposition that Sonja Yoerg sets out to explore in this learned,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sonja Ingrid Yoerg
ISBN: 0674008707 9780674008700
OCLC Number: 49585713
Description: ix, 228 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: A Dim and Clouded Eye --
The Interspecies Cognitive Olympics --
Angels to Insects --
Appearances and Acquaintances --
You Can Lead a Horse to Water, But You Can't Make It Think --
Unpacking the Black Box --
Is the Clark's Nutcracker an Idiot Savant? --
Hotbeds of Intelligence --
Crocodile Tears and Alligator Shoes --
Meaningful Arrangements.
Responsibility: Sonja I. Yoerg.

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"Dogs are Smarter than Cats, dolphins and chimps are more clever than both, and we who determine the rankings top the scale - or so we think. But are we thinking clearly? To appreciate the mental abilities of the owl and the pussycat, the tortoise and the hare, requires a commitment to unraveling the nature of intelligence - a tricky and controversial proposition that Sonja Yoerg sets out to explore in this learned, lucid, and entertaining book about our complicated, often erroneous, notions about animal intelligence." "With forays into evolutionary biology, behavioral science, and comparative psychology, Clever as a Fox revels the promise and pitfalls inherent in any attempt to assess animal intelligence. Along with the concepts we deploy to define and compare intelligence, Yoerg looks at the expectations and prejudices that cloud our judgment of the animal mind, perceptions shaped as much by Aesop and Disney as by direct observation of our fellow creatures. And because such perceptions are inextricably linked with judgments of value - ideas about animal mentality have much to do with which species end up on our laps and which on our plates - this deeply revealing look at how we think about animal intelligence should help us use our own intelligence more wisely."--Jacket.

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