SI Los Animales Hablaran ... No Les Entenderiamos Stephen Budiansky

ISBN: 9788493106775

Published: December 28th 2001

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SI Los Animales Hablaran ... No Les Entenderiamos  by  Stephen Budiansky

SI Los Animales Hablaran ... No Les Entenderiamos by Stephen Budiansky
December 28th 2001 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 0 pages | ISBN: 9788493106775 | 4.57 Mb

What is your cat thinking when she scratches at the door? What goes through Koko the gorillas mind when she signs? For that matter, what goes through our minds when we think about animals and intelligence? Science writer Stephen Budiansky exploresMoreWhat is your cat thinking when she scratches at the door?

What goes through Koko the gorillas mind when she signs? For that matter, what goes through our minds when we think about animals and intelligence? Science writer Stephen Budiansky explores the difficulties of comparing intelligence between species in If a Lion Could Talk and takes a strong stance against measuring other animals using human standards. (The title is part of a Wittgenstein quote that ends ...we would not understand him.) The book shows how the most basic principle of evolution--that all living things are related--has been misconstrued by well-meaning scientists to imply that all animals possess intelligence that differs from ours only in quantity.

This leads to comparisons of near-equivalence between such intuitively likely pairs as adult gorillas and human children, comparisons that Budiansky suggests are misleading and more descriptive of our own minds than those of our distant cousins. What evolution should be telling us, he says, is that each species is equally well suited to its niche and should be examined for what it is, not how similar or different it is from us. How is it that chimpanzees can perform such remarkable problem-solving without language?If a Lion Could Talk will not make anyone lose interest in animal minds, for that is not its intention.

If anything, it inspires a real sense of admiration for the billions of living things that make it through each day despite the seemingly terrible handicap of not being human. Budiansky tells us that if we want to learn about our planet-mates, we have a lot of unlearning to do. Luckily for us he is gracious enough to provide an introductory unlesson.

--Rob Lightner



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