Minding Animals: Awareness, Emotions, and Heart

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Oxford University Press, May 2, 2002 - Pets - 256 pages
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Thinking bees, ice-skating buffaloes, dreaming rats, happy foxes, ecstatic elephants, despondent dolphins--in Minding Animals, Marc Bekoff takes us on an exhilarating tour of the emotional and mental world of animals, where we meet creatures who do amazing things and whose lives are filled with mysteries. Following in the footsteps of Konrad Lorenz and Niko Tinbergen, Bekoff has spent the last 30 years studying animals of every stripe--from coyotes in Wyoming to penguins in Antarctica. He draws on this vast experience, as well as on the observations of other naturalists, to offer readers fascinating stories of animal behavior, including grooming and gossip, self-medication, feeding patterns, dreaming, dominance, and mating behavior. Many of these stories are truly incredible--chimpanzees medicating themselves with herbal remedies, elephants clearly mourning a dead group member--but this is not simply a catalog of amazing animal tales, for Bekoff also sheds light on many of the more serious issues surrounding animals. He offers a thought-provoking look at animal cognition, intelligence, and consciousness and he presents vivid examples of animal passions, highlighting the deep emotional lives of our animal kin. All this serves as background for his thoughtful conclusions about humility and animal protection and animal well-being, where he urges a new paradigm of respect, grace, compassion, and love for all animals. Marc Bekoff has gone deep into the minds, hearts, spirits, and souls of animals, giving him profound insight into their lives, and no small insight into ours. Minding Animals is an important contribution to our understanding of animal consciousness, a major work that will be a must read for anyone who loves nature.
 

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A fascinating study of animal consciousness by a scientist who has studied animals and birds of all kinds for many years. He intersperses first hand accounts of his own experiences and encounters with ... Read full review

Contents

CHASING COYOTES AND MOVING YELLOW SNOW
3
REPRESENTING AND MISREPRESENTING ANIMALS
40
THE RICHNESS OF BEHAVIORAL DIVERSITY A Potpourri of Animal Behavior
56
ANIMAL MINDS AND WHATS IN THEM
84
ANIMAL EMOTIONS Passionate Natures and Animal Feelings
100
PLAY COOPERATION AND THE EVOLUTION OF SOCIAL MORALITY Foundations of Fairness
120
ANIMAL WELFARE ANIMAL RIGHTS AND ANIMAL PROTECTION
133
HUMAN INTRUSIONS INTO ANIMALS LIVES
162
SCIENCE NATURE AND HEART Minding Animals and Redecorating Nature
174
ANIMALS AND THEOLOGY Stepping Lightly with Grace Humility Respect Compassion and Love
193
REFERENCES
201
INDEX
217
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Marc Bekoff is Professor of Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Fellow of the Animal Behavior Society. A founder with Jane Goodall of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, he is the editor of the best-selling The Smile of a Dolphin: Remarkable Accounts of Animal Emotions and author of Strolling With Our Kin.

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