Bats Sing, Mice Giggle: The Surprising Science of Animals' Inner Lives [NOOK Book]

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"Bats Sing, Mice Giggle" tracks many years of research by hundreds of scientists that reveals how wild animals, as well as pets, have inner, secret lives of which until recently - although many animal lovers will have instinctively believed it - we have had little proof. The authors show how animal 'friends' stay in touch, and how they warn and help each other in times of danger; how some animals problem-solve as or in some instances even more effectively than humans - and how they regulate, create, and entertain themselves and others. They show

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Bats Sing, Mice Giggle: The Surprising Science of Animals' Inner Lives

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Overview

"Bats Sing, Mice Giggle" tracks many years of research by hundreds of scientists that reveals how wild animals, as well as pets, have inner, secret lives of which until recently - although many animal lovers will have instinctively believed it - we have had little proof. The authors show how animal 'friends' stay in touch, and how they warn and help each other in times of danger; how some animals problem-solve as or in some instances even more effectively than humans - and how they regulate, create, and entertain themselves and others. They show how animals express grief and reverence in ways we never thought possible. From the sleep patterns of some owls, birds and horses, as well as porpoises, who go to sleep in only one half of their brains at a time; to how schools of electric fish give off complex signals of one frequency to communicate with their mates and another frequency to locate their prey, and how Polar bears tune into quantum 'radio stations' to sense prey as far away as ten miles and under the snow, "Bats Sing, Mice Giggle" provides an unparalleled insight into animals' secret lives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848312265
  • Publisher: Icon Books, Ltd. UK
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 300
  • File size: 393 KB

Meet the Author

Karen Shanor is a clinical psychologist, former White House consultant and an advisory member for Discovery Channel's Animal Planet programs. She hosted an NBC radio program for five years and appears frequently on Larry King Live, CBS Nightly News, Dateline, The Today Show and Oprah, and is a regular contributor to CNN. Jag Kanwal is an internationally recognized neuroethologist and was among the first to perform magnetic resonance imaging in awake animals.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Introduction 1

Part I Sensing

1 A Supercharged World 11

2 Good Vibrations 29

3 Sounds for Tracking and Talking 47

4 Tasting and Touching 67

Part II Surviving

5 Alarming Behavior and Survival Strategies 91

6 From Frogcicles to Dreamstates 123

7 Animal Marathons by Land and Sea 137

8 De-stressing the Distress 157

Part III Socializing

9 Wit, Wiles and Good Fun 181

10 Eavesdropping and Deception 211

11 Rhythm, Song and Dance 223

12 Flirting, Courting and Coupling 237

Epilogue: "Human Nature" Reconsidered 259

Notes, References and Further Reading 263

Index 287

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

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    Amazing Animals & Plants Expand our View of What it Means to be Human

    Not only do mice giggle and bats sing, but roosters sometimes lie about food being nearby in order to attract mates, monkeys will assume other identities, elephants mimic the sounds of trucks, and plants send out signals that other plants and animals pick up and respond to.

    This eye-opening book is full of amazing stories taken from recent natural studies and observations, such as reports of laboratory chimps that go on strike... an amazing description of a hungry, wild polar bear that makes time to play with a sled dog... and accounts of wild birds making eye contact with humans to determine whether nearby food is OK to eat.

    "Bats Sing, Mice Giggle" is a captivating read for animal lovers, biologists, and anyone interested in discovering just how much humans have in common with other species. This refreshing summary of plant and animal research illuminates indications of plants and animals engaging areas we've historically considered 'human nature.' When animals show compassion, grief, love and altruism with one another... as well as jealousy, revenge, and competitiveness... we are invited to open our minds to a more complete understanding of who we humans truly are, and how we can best relate to all species of plants and animals who share our beautiful planet Earth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Surprising facts about lowly animals

    A great way to start thinking about things we rarely consider. The book shares surprising details about everyday(even lowly) animals and plants that makes one stop and think about human life and what it might take to start to notice (and give credit to) subtle intelligence in nature.

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