Books

Book: Second Nature

The Inner Lives of Animals

Second Nature Book CoverAbout The Book:

For centuries we believed that humans were the only ones that mattered. The idea that animals had feelings was either dismissed or considered heresy. Today, that’s all changing.

New scientific studies of animal behavior reveal perceptions, intelligences, awareness and social skills that would have been deemed fantasy a generation ago. The implications make our troubled relationship to animals one of the most pressing moral issues of our time.

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Books

Book: Pleasurable Kingdom

Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good

Pleasurable Kingdom Book Cover

About The Book:

The recognition of animal pain and stress, once controversial, is now acknowledged by legislation in many countries, but there is no formal recognition of animals’ ability to feel pleasure.

Pleasurable Kingdom is the first book for lay-readers to present new evidence that animals – like humans – enjoy themselves.

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Letters

Are We Really Nicer Than Vampire Bats?

The Opinion Pages – New York Times:

Published: May 19 2011

To the Editor:

David Brooks draws an unfair line between humans and other animals.

Virtue is widespread in nature. Studies have found that chimpanzees show spontaneous helping behavior toward humans and fellow chimps. They also console victims of violence and show gratitude for favors. Chickens, prairie dogs, songbirds and others sound the alarm at an approaching predator, heightening personal risk by drawing attention to themselves.

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