Dr. Jonathan Balcombe - Lecture: The Inner Lives of Animals
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Lecture: The Inner Lives of Animals
Twenty-first century discoveries show what some have suspected all along—that animals lead lives of acute sensitivity, awareness, and virtue. This presentation takes audiences on a tour of some of the more surprising scientific revelations of how animals perceive, think, feel, communicate, socialize, and cooperate. You’ll discover how baboons grieve, how starlings show optimism, how crocodiles use tools, how rats laugh, how scrub jays deceive, how magpies recognize themselves in a mirror, and how a humble-looking intertidal fish performs a cognitive feat that will knock your socks off. Against this backdrop, our own anthropocentric and predatory behavior toward animals needs a major overhaul.