What is it really like to be a dog? Do animals experience emotions like pleasure, joy, and grief? Marc Bekoff's work draws world-wide attention for its originality and its probing into what animals think about and know as well as what they feel, what physical and mental skills they use to live successfully within their social community. Bekoff's work, whether addressed to scientists or the general public, demonstrates that investigations into animal thought, emotions, self-awareness, behavioral ecology, and ...
What is it really like to be a dog? Do animals experience emotions like pleasure, joy, and grief? Marc Bekoff's work draws world-wide attention for its originality and its probing into what animals think about and know as well as what they feel, what physical and mental skills they use to live successfully within their social community. Bekoff's work, whether addressed to scientists or the general public, demonstrates that investigations into animal thought, emotions, self-awareness, behavioral ecology, and conservation biology can be compassionate as well as scientifically rigorous.In Animal Passions and Beastly Virtues, Bekoff brings together essays on his own ground-breaking research and on what scientists know about the remarkable range and flexibility of animal behavior. His fascinating and often amusing observations of dogs, wolves, coyotes, prairie dogs, elephants, and other animals playing, leaving and detecting scent-marks ("yellow snow"), solving problems, and forming friendships challenge the idea that science and the ethical treatment of animals are incompatible.
Animal behaviorist, ecologist and ethicist Bekoff (Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior) presents a lengthy compilation of scientific papers and articles from journals like Scientific American on a range of subjects that, remarkably, coheres into a fascinating "big-picture view of animals, culture, and society." Bekoff's writings focus primarily on the science of cognitive ethology, on what animals think, feel and know-and most of the articles study the behavior of dogs; one of the most interesting pieces looks at the sounds and smells that can trigger primary emotions, such as innate fear, in canines. Overall, this collection serves as an excellent summation of the major theme of Bekoff's many books: "with hard work, we can make Earth a better place for all beings," primarily because of engaging introductory essays that connect five sections on animal emotions, social behaviors and ethics. These essays not only explain his concern for how humans "redecorate" nature by using animals for their own purposes but also achieve his goal of appealing to academic and popular audiences though his "musings" on science, social responsibility and "who we are in the grand scheme of things." (Dec.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
In this collection of essays, Bekoff (ecology & evolutionary biology, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder; Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior) addresses various aspects of animal behavior (ethology) and the related treatment of animals. The subtitle reflects the intention of the work: to show that any interference with ecosystems or animal species ("redecorating") has undesirable effects on the world. Bekoff attempts to reconcile scientific studies of animals with the animal-rights philosophy of not treating animals as things. This is a unique concept and a difficult task, since such studies have traditionally involved interference in nature. Although primatologist Jane Goodall has written a foreword, the appeal of this book to popular audiences will be limited; about half of the essays come from advanced journals, and the rest are written at a college level. Recommended for academic libraries where there is an interest in ethology and animal rights.-John Kistler, Houston, PA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Marc Bekoff is Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has published numerous books including The Smile of a Dolphin, Minding Animals, The Ten Trusts (with Jane Goodall), and the Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior. His homepage is http://literati.net/Bekoff. He and Jane Goodall co-founded Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (www.ethologicalethics.org). In 2005 Marc was presented with The Bank One Faculty Community Service Award for the work he has done with children, senior citizens, and prisoners.
Foreword – Jane GoodallIntroduction: What Does It Feel Like to Be a Fox?Part I. Emotions, Cognition, and Animal Selves: "Wow! That's Me!"1. Beastly Passions2. Cognitive Ethology: The Comparative Study of Animal Minds3. On Aims and Methods of Cognitive Ethology, with Dale Jamieson4. Reflections on Animal Selves, with Paul W. ShermanPart II. The Social Behavior of Dogs and Coyotes5. The Social Ecology of Coyotes, with Michael C. Wells6. Population and Social Biology of Free-Ranging Domestic Dogs, Canis familiaris, with Thomas J. Daniels7. Ground Scratching by Male Domestic Dogs: A Composite Signal?8. Observations of Scent-Marking and Discriminating Self from Others by a Domestic Dog (Canis familiaris): Tales of Displaced Yellow SnowPart III. Social Play, Social Development, and Social Communication: Cooperation, Fairness, and Wild Justice9. Social Communication in Canids: Evidence for the Evolution of a Stereotyped Mammalian Display10. Virtuous Nature11. Wild Justice, Cooperation, and Fair Play: Minding Manners, Being Nice, and Feeling GoodPart IV. Human Dimensions: Human-Animal Interactions12. Human (Anthropogenic) Effects on Animal Behavior13. Translocation Effects on the Behavior of Black-Tailed Prairie Dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus), with John P. Farrar, Karin L. Coleman, and Eric Stone14. Interactions Among Dogs, People, and the Environment in Boulder, Colorado: A Case Study, with Carron A. Meaney15. Behavioral Interactions and Conflict Among Domestic Dogs, Black-Tailed Prairie Dogs, and People in Boulder, Colorado, with Robert W. IckesPart V. Ethics, Compassion, Conservation, and Activism: Redecorating Nature16. The Importance of Ethics in Conservation Biology: Let's Be Ethicists Not Ostriches17. Ethics and the Study of Carnivores: Doing Science While Respecting Animals, with Dale JamiesonAfterword: Minding Animals, Minding Earth-Old Brains in New BottlenecksReferencesIndex