The Wolf in the Parlor: How the Dog Came to Share Your Brain

The Wolf in the Parlor: How the Dog Came to Share Your Brain

by Jon Franklin
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The Wolf in the Parlor: How the Dog Came to Share Your Brain by Jon Franklin

There is no question that the dog inhabits a singular position in relation to humans, a position no other animal occupies. But where did this extraordinary bond originate, and what distinguishes it from the way we feel about other animals? And why is it that humans are as important to dogs as they are to us? Jon Franklin set out to find out and ended up spending a decade studying the origins and significance of the dog and its peculiar attachment to humans. As the intellectual pursuit of his subject began to take over Franklin's life, he married a dog lover and was quickly introduced to the ancient and powerful law of nature, to wit: Love me, love my dog. Soon Franklin was sharing hearth and home with a soulful and clever poodle named Charlie. And so began an odyssey, from a 12,000-year-old grave to a conclusion so remarkable as to change our perception of ourselves. Building on evolutionary science, archaeology, behavioral science, and the firsthand experience of watching his own dog evolve from puppy to family member, Franklin posits that man and dog are more than just inseparable; they are part and parcel of the same creature. Along the way, The Wolf in the Parlor imparts a substantial yet painless education on subjects as far-ranging as psychological evolution and neurochemistry. In this groundbreaking book, master storyteller Franklin shatters the lens through which we see the world and shows us an unexpected, enthralling picture of the human/canine relationship.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312662646
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/12/2010
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jon Franklin is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism and the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing, among numerous other awards. He was a science writer for The Baltimore Evening Sun and is now a journalism professor at the University of Maryland. He is also the author of The Molecules of the Mind, a New York Times Book of the Year, and Writing for Story.

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Wolf in the Parlor: How the Dog Came to Share Your Brain 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
kaffeepot More than 1 year ago
This is a remarkably insightful search into the bond between man and dog. At the same time it is a charming story of one man and his dog, Charlie. This is NOT a sappy fluff piece about how cute dogs can be, but a deeply researched and thought out analysis and revolutionary thesis about how the dog evolved from the wolf to become man's truest animal companion.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Humans and canines have a special bond that is unique in the animal kingdom. That is the hypothesis of Jon Franklin's insightful look at how that loving tie formed. Using several sciences to support his theory, Mr. Franklin takes the audience on a wonderful tour of evolution going back twelve millennia as wild wolves were tamed into followers and further tamed into domestic obedience. Exploring human and animal behavior to include ethics, Mr. Franklin concludes evolutionary the dog gave up on a fifth of his or her brain power to allow humans to do the hard lifting thinking; he insists we gave away one tenth of ours too as dogs provide us unrequited loved as our best friend. Finally, the author also brings in anecdotal support to his belief of the symbiotic relationship between man and dog when he discusses his beloved Charlie; these are my favorite entries while my husband says my significant other was Max the dog. This warm, well written nonfiction is filled with scientific information as much as personal tales that showcase the Wolf in the Parlor goes back to the ancient caves as well as the modern day abodes. Harriet Klausner
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