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Deep thinkers : inside the minds of whales, dolphins, and porpoises

Author: Janet Mann
Publisher: Chicago, IL : The University of Chicago Press, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Humans aside, dolphins, whales, and porpoises are often considered to be the smartest creatures on Earth. Science and nature buffs are drawn to stories of their use of tools, their self-recognition, their beautiful and complex songs, and their intricate societies. But how do we know what we know, and what does it mean? In Deep Thinkers, renowned cetacean biologist Janet Mann gathers a gam of the world's leading  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Janet Mann
ISBN: 9780226387475 022638747X
OCLC Number: 975912423
Description: 192 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction / Janet Mann --
Beneath the surface / Janet Mann & Andrew Read --
The cetacean brain / Camilla Butti & Patrick Hof --
Cognition / Heidi E. Harley --
Cetacean communication / Laela Sayigh & Vincent Janik --
Quintessentially social cetaceans / Janet Mann --
Deep culture / Hal Whitehead & Luke Rendell --
Cetacean tool use / Eric Patterson & Janet Mann --
Us & them / Andrew Read.
Responsibility: edited by Janet Mann [and 9 others].

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"Humans aside, dolphins, whales, and porpoises are often considered to be the smartest creatures on Earth. Science and nature buffs are drawn to stories of their use of tools, their self-recognition, their beautiful and complex songs, and their intricate societies. But how do we know what we know, and what does it mean? In Deep Thinkers, renowned cetacean biologist Janet Mann gathers a gam of the world's leading whale and dolphin researchers--including Luke Rendell, Hal Whitehead, and many more--to illuminate these vital questions, exploring the astounding capacities of cetacean brains. Diving into our current understanding of and dynamic research on dolphin and whale cognition, communication, and culture, Deep Thinkers reveals how incredibly sophisticated these mammals are--and how much we can learn about other animal minds by studying cetacean behavior. Through a combination of fascinating text and more than 150 beautiful and informative illustrations, chapters compare the intelligence markers of cetaceans with those of birds, bats, and primates, asking how we might properly define intelligence in nonhumans. As all-encompassing and profound as the seas in which these deep cetacean cultures have evolved, Deep Thinkers is an awesome and inspiring journey into the fathoms--a reminder of what we gain through their close study, and of what we lose when the great minds of the sea disappear."--Book jacket.

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