Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed: The Fascinating Science of Animal Intelligence, Emotions, Friendship, and Conservation

Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed: The Fascinating Science of Animal Intelligence, Emotions, Friendship, and Conservation

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by Marc Bekoff
     
 

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In 2009, Marc Bekoff was asked to write on animal emotions for Psychology Today. Some 500 popular, jargon-free essays later, the field of anthrozoology, the study of human-animal interactions, has grown exponentially, as have the data showing how smart and emotional nonhuman animals are. Here Bekoff updates selected essays that showcase animal cognitiveSee more details below

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In 2009, Marc Bekoff was asked to write on animal emotions for Psychology Today. Some 500 popular, jargon-free essays later, the field of anthrozoology, the study of human-animal interactions, has grown exponentially, as have the data showing how smart and emotional nonhuman animals are. Here Bekoff updates selected essays that showcase animal cognitive abilities as well as empathy, grief, humor, and love. Humpback whales protect gray whales from orca attacks, combat dogs suffer from PTSD, and bees reveal thrill-seeking tendencies. While the science prompts questions about biomedical research and industrial agriculture, Bekoff’s handling of it offers what Good Morning America veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker calls an “ethical compass” and reminds us that, as His Holiness the Dalai Lama put it in writing about Bekoff’s work, “the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater our own sense of well being becomes.”

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Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed (as the title implies) is a top scientist’s brilliantly eccentric and eclectic look at what we know about animal intelligence, emotions, and behavior. The scope is encyclopedic, the subject inspired, the style personal, and the tone impassioned. Read this book for pleasure and inspiration; keep it for information.”
Dale Peterson, author of Giraffe Reflections, The Moral Lives of Animals, and Jane Goodall: The Woman Who Redefined Man

“A unique, witty, and thoroughly researched collection of essays, Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed is an entertaining and informative read for the general public and experts alike. Marc Bekoff’s breadth of knowledge about animal behavior is staggering. Bravo to Bekoff for making it so enjoyable to learn about the cognitive, emotional, and moral lives of the animals with whom we share our homes and our magnificent planet.”
Brian Hare, PhD, and Vanessa Woods, New York Times bestselling authors of The Genius of Dogs

“A thoughtful and illuminating collection of essays about the animal mind — certain to provoke discussion about our relationship with our fellow animals.”
Virginia Morell, author of Animal Wise: How We Know Animals Think and Feel

“Marc Bekoff’s wide-ranging books are unfailingly scholarly, entertaining, insightful, and educational.”
Ingrid E. Newkirk, president of PETA

“Dr. Marc Bekoff has, in his characteristically brilliant, accessible, eclectic, and compassionate style, rendered unequivocally clear nothing less than an animal protection manifesto that is likely to resonate for years.”
Michael Charles Tobias, PhD, president of the Dancing Star Foundation

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608682195
Publisher:
New World Library
Publication date:
11/05/2013
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
716,449
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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