Monday, May 19, 2014

Animal Wise: How We Know Animals Think and Feel by Virginia Morell

The author of Animal Wise, Virginia Morell, compiles in this book many recent studies done on animals demonstrating that they are not purely driven by the need to eat and procreate. There is a level of cognition in these animals proving that they indeed think and feel.

Although not all of the studies are complete and some have not yet been peer reviewed, they show what anyone who has spent time with animals already knows. From ants to elephants, there is a level of intelligence. What we sometimes thought was anthropomorphization was actually a hint at what lies in the animal mind.

Written in a way that makes the studies easy to understand while also entertaining, I recommend Animal Wise if you have ever wondered what animals are thinking.

P.S. I made a Pinterest board of my favorite facts from each chapter here.

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