Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? - De Waal, Frans

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What separates your mind from the mind of an animal? Maybe you think it's your ability to design tools, your sense of self, or your grasp of past and future - all traits that have helped us define ourselves as the pre-eminent species on Earth. But in recent decades, claims of human superiority have been eroded by a revolution in the study of animal cognition. Take the way octopuses use coconut shells as tools, or how elephants can classify humans by age, gender, and language. Take Ayumu, the young male chimpanzee at Kyoto University who demonstrates his species' exceptional photographic…mehr

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What separates your mind from the mind of an animal? Maybe you think it's your ability to design tools, your sense of self, or your grasp of past and future - all traits that have helped us define ourselves as the pre-eminent species on Earth. But in recent decades, claims of human superiority have been eroded by a revolution in the study of animal cognition. Take the way octopuses use coconut shells as tools, or how elephants can classify humans by age, gender, and language. Take Ayumu, the young male chimpanzee at Kyoto University who demonstrates his species' exceptional photographic memory. Based on research on a range of animals, including crows, dolphins, parrots, sheep, wasps, bats, whales, and, of course, chimpanzees and bonobos, Frans de Waal explores the scope and depth of animal intelligence, revealing how we have grossly underestimated non-human brains. He overturns the view of animals as stimulus-response beings and opens our eyes to their complex and intricate minds. With astonishing stories of animal cognition, Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? challenges everything you thought you knew about animal - and human - intelligence.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Granta Books
  • Seitenzahl: 340
  • 2017
  • Ausstattung/Bilder: 2017. 352 p.
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 198mm x 128mm x 27mm
  • Gewicht: 248g
  • ISBN-13: 9781783783069
  • ISBN-10: 1783783060
  • Best.Nr.: 47533576
Autorenporträt
Frans de Waal, geboren 1948, Biologe und Primatenforscher, Professor für Psychobiologie an der Emory University und Direktor des Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Atlanta. De Waal ist durch zahlreiche populärwissenschaftliche Buchveröffentlichungen bekannt geworden und wurde vom "Time Magazine" in die Liste der 100 einflussreichsten Persönlichkeiten aufgenommen.