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Minding Animals: Awareness, Emotions, and Heart
     

Minding Animals: Awareness, Emotions, and Heart

by Marc Bekoff
 
In Minding Animals, Marc Bekoff offers a thought-provoking look at animal cognition as well as the deep emotional lives of our animal kin. This book 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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In Minding Animals, Marc Bekoff offers a thought-provoking look at animal cognition as well as the deep emotional lives of our animal kin. This book 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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This marvelous combination of science and empathy will fascinate anyone who loves animals. Marc Bekoff has spent 30 years studying animal behavior, cognition, and emotion. His insights and those of others in the field portray a rich, intimate portrait of nonhuman animals.
Don Oldenenburg
The author of Minding Animals: Awareness, Emotions and Heart is a pioneer in the scientific investigation of the cognitive and emotional lives of animals.
Washington Post
Presenting anecdotal and scientific evidence of the cognitive and emotional range of non-human animals, Bekoff (biology, U. of Colorado- Boulder) reflects on the issues of the evolution of social morality, animal rights, and the place of animals in the theological scheme. Includes a foreword by Jane Goodall, co-founder with the author of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and a few b&w photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"To find out about the rich emotional life of nonhuman species, read Minding Animals."--Natural History

"Bekoff does a wonderful job showing the reader how learning and understanding and 'minding' animals and their behavior lead to recognition of their feelings as well. Using both his vast knowledge of animals and the observations made by other naturalists, Bekoff illustrates the minds, hearts, spirits and souls of the animal kingdom."--Biology Digest

"Interweaving anecdotal stories, discussions of scientific research, and explorations into the philosophy and theology of our relationship with nature and other animals, Bekoff builds a case for the necessity of understanding animals and granting them mutual respect as 'other persons.' The conversational writing style makes for a highly accessible book."--Booklist

"With this abundant narrative of Marc Bekoff a new age of intimacy between humans and animals has begun. The companionship, the play, the healing, the guidance, the protection provided by the animals, all these will be needed in the future as never before. Everyone should read Minding Animals, an amazingly thorough, delightful, and most important book." --Thomas Berry, author of The Dream of the Earth and The Great Work

"For those of us who have immersed ourselves in the well being of life forms other than human, the fact that they communicate and have feelings is as natural and understandable as breathing. Through this lens we see clearly how their well being is intricately interconnected with our own. In Minding Animals Marc Bekoff has done a wonderful job of showing us how learning to understand and 'mind' animals and their behavior leads us to recognize their feelings as well. Through their layers, we find even more richness and joy of life as we glimpse into ever deeper parts of ourselves. This book is fun, inspiring, thought-provoking and educational! What a great mix!" --Julia Butterfly Hill, author of The Legacy of Luna: The Story of a Tree, a Woman, and the Struggle to Save the Redwoods

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195348644
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
05/02/2002
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

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Julia Butterfly Hill
"For those of us who have immersed ourselves in the well being of life forms other than human, the fact that they communicate and have feelings is as natural and understandable as breathing. Through this lens we see clearly how their well being is intricately interconnected with our own. In Minding Animals Marc Bekoff has done a wonderful job of showing us how learning to understand and 'mind' animals and their behavior leads us to recognize their feelings as well. Through their layers, we find even more richness and joy of life as we glimpse into ever deepe parts of ourselves. This book is fun, inspiring, thought-provoking and educational! What a great mix!"
Bernd Heinrich
"Except for relatively minor specializations that relate to whether we walk, run, fly or swim, all we vertebrate animals are physically stunningly similar. Most would also agree that the brain is an organ, as are stomachs, kidneys, and hearts, designed with functions and capacities useful for survival in often complex and indirect ways. There is no evidence, however, that what the brain does differs fundamentally across various species of vertebrates. Differences are in degree with respect to specific functions. In this readable, wide-ranging, and very stimulating book, Marc Bekoff takes this larger holistic view as a basis for a passionate exploration of how we should treat, and what we owe, our fellow-vertebrate creatures, who likely have many emotional and sensory survival mechanisms similar to our own."
Thomas Berry
"With this abundant narrative of Marc Bekoff a new age of intimacy between humans and animals has begun. The companionship, the play, the healing, the guidance, the protection provided by the animals, all these will be needed in the future as never before. Everyone should read Minding Animals, an amazingly thorough, delightful, and most important book."
Stephen Jay Gould
"Just as the best doctors attain detailed and compassionate knowledge of the uniqueness of each patient, so too do the best behavioral biologists--with Marc Bekoff prominently among them--learn to recognize each animal as a distinct individual with its own internal life and experiences. By minding animals, we obtain our best scientific understanding of their evolution and behavior."
Jane Goodall
"A beautifully written and glorious celebration of the wonderful and diverse animal species who enrich our lives."

Meet the Author

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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