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Stupendous intelligence of honey badgers – TheTLS
"Frans de Waal ARE WE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW SMART ANIMALS ARE?"
book  review  animals  animal-rights  consciousness  science  mind 
june 2017 by tsuomela
The Blood Harvest - The Atlantic
"Each year, half a million horseshoe crabs are captured and bled alive to create an unparalleled biomedical technology."
biology  animals  products  medicine  health  evolution  technology 
october 2014 by tsuomela
Ingrid Newkirk: Top Scientific Minds Declare That We Are Just One Among Many Animals
"So, animals are conscious beings, capable of understanding cause-and-effect relationships, forming abstract thoughts, solving problems, using language, making tools, exhibiting long-term memory, and showing empathy, in many cases with skills that are superior to those of humans. But more importantly, animals can comprehend when they are being abused and killed, and they feel anxiety, fear and pain, just as humans do."
animal-rights  animals  ethics  morality  science  consciousness  from delicious
august 2012 by tsuomela
Sperm Whales May Have Names | Wired Science | Wired.com
"Subtle variations in sperm-whale calls suggest that individuals announce themselves with discrete personal identifier. To put it another way, they might have names."
biology  oceans  whales  communication  animals 
march 2011 by tsuomela
A Mind in the Water | Orion Magazine
On the legacy of John C. Lilly and his dolphin experiments.

"This strange rupture effectively established the curious double legacy of the modern bottlenose: the flower children all learned that Tursiops truncatus was an erotically liberated, spiritually profound pacifist, intent on saving humans from their materialistic, violent, and repressive lives
science  history  biology  1960s  psychology  animals  communication  dolphin  oceanography 
january 2011 by tsuomela
What explains the ascendance of Homo sapiens? Start by looking at our pets - The Boston Globe
Shipman, a professor of biological anthropology at Pennsylvania State University, draws together the scattered strands of a growing field of research on the long and complex relationship between human and nonhuman animals, a topic that hasn’t traditionally warranted much scholarly discussion but is now enjoying a surge of interest. The field of so-called human-animal studies is broad enough to include doctors researching why visits by dogs seem to make people in hospitals healthier, art historians looking at medieval depictions of wildlife, and anthropologists like Shipman exploring the evolution and variation of animal domestication. What they all share is an interest in understanding why we are so vulnerable to the charms of other animals — and so good at exploiting them for our own gain.
animals  human-nature  history  evolution  psychology  anthropology  dogs  pets 
september 2010 by tsuomela
Flavorwire » Blog Archive » Daily Dose Pick: Richard Barnes
Barnes has spent over a decade cataloging the way we amass, conserve, and display elements of the natural world. His new monograph, Animal Logic, matches his images of the objects behind an exhibition — “partially wrapped specimens, anatomical models, exploded skulls, and taxidermied animals in shipping crates” — with counterparts from the real world inhabited by living wildlife.
art  photography  animals  museum  book  review 
september 2009 by tsuomela
The Scope of Human Thought | Forum
It is a spectacular scientific puzzle that human beings are the sole species that seems to be able to think and feel beyond the limits of the scale for their species.
human-nature  human-scale  human  mental  mind  cognition  scale  network  thinking  species  animals 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Oxford University Press: Cognition, Evolution, and Behavior: Sara J. Shettleworth
Cognition, Evolution and the Study of Behavior integrates research from psychology, behavioral ecology, and ethology in a wide-ranging synthesis of theory and research about animal cognition in the broadest sense, from species-specific adaptations in fish to cognitive mapping in rats and honeybees to theories of mind for chimpanzees. As a major contribution to the emerging discipline of comparative cognition, the book is an invaluable resource for all students and researchers in psychology, zoology, behavioral neuroscience.
book  publisher  animals  cognition  cognitive-science 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Why your dog is smarter than a wolf | csmonitor.com
After a decade studying dogs in their human habitat, Mr. Miklosi and his colleagues have accumulated a body of evidence suggesting that dogs have far greater mental capabilities than scientists had thought. Dogs' smarts, it turns out, come out in their relationships with people.
animals  animal-rights  dogs  intelligence  psychology  human  culture  behavior  ethics 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Review: Wild Justice by Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce - opinion - 12 May 2009 - New Scientist
Wild Justice: The moral lives of animals by Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce Published by: University of Chicago Press
book  review  bioethics  biology  morality  animals 
may 2009 by tsuomela
PLoS ONE: Empathy Is Moderated by Genetic Background in Mice
Empathy, as originally defined, refers to an emotional experience that is shared among individuals. When discomfort or alarm is detected in another, a variety of behavioral responses can follow, including greater levels of nurturing, consolation or increased vigilance towards a threat. Moreover, changes in systemic physiology often accompany the recognition of distressed states in others. Employing a mouse model of cue-conditioned fear, we asked whether exposure to conspecific distress influences how a mouse subsequently responds to environmental cues that predict this distress... Our paradigm thus has construct and face validity with contemporary views of empathy, and provides unequivocal evidence for a genetic contribution to the expression of empathic behavior.
biology  empathy  genetics  evolution  animals 
may 2009 by tsuomela
On the Human
On the Human (OTH) is a community of university professors who teach courses on humans and their relations to animals and machines. We are fascinated by human singularity: the properties, if any, that distinguish persons from other biological creatures and artificial intelligences. We are also interested at OTH in the ethical implications of these properties.
philosophy  human  human-activity  animals  biology  psychology  academic 
march 2009 by tsuomela
slacktivist: Doggie justice
It's not surprising that they would argue such a thing. Of course they don't believe there's any such thing as justice in this life or any other. That's what they're banking on. Envy they accept as real. Justice they regard as mere superstition.
dogs  ethics  envy  justice  psychology  evolution  animals  fairness 
december 2008 by tsuomela
Does your dog feel your pain? | The Greater Good Blog
Other animals capable of such “facial mimicry” — imitating facial expressions — include orangutans and chimps. Researchers believe that facial mimicry is a rudimentary form of empathy. Studies have found that humans who are more susceptible to contagious yawning score higher on tests that measure empathy.
empathy  psychology  biology  animals  dogs 
august 2008 by tsuomela
www.HeroRat.org
Site that let's you adopt rats to help detect landmines.
war  animals  landmines 
may 2008 by tsuomela

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