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Author Topic: Animal Minds - National Geographic  (Read 1404 times)
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« Topic Start: March 12, 2010, 07:50:26 pm »

A good article, long-ish but I found it well worth the time.

In 1977 Irene Pepperberg, a recent graduate of Harvard University, did something very bold. At a time when animals still were considered automatons, she set out to find what was on another creature's mind by talking to it. She brought a one-year-old African gray parrot she named Alex into her lab to teach him to reproduce the sounds of the English language. "I thought if he learned to communicate, I could ask him questions about how he sees the world."

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« Reply #1: March 12, 2010, 10:13:21 pm »

A good article, long-ish but I found it well worth the time.

Very interesting, but not really all that surprising to any pet owner.
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« Reply #2: March 13, 2010, 09:41:08 am »

Very interesting, but not really all that surprising to any pet owner.

Granted - but I'm glad someone is documenting this instead of calling the anecdotal evidence "anecdotal evidence;" i.e. fables.  Horses out-smart people on a daily basis - it is up to the human to adapt to the animal's language and intelligence.

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« Reply #3: March 14, 2010, 03:00:50 pm »

Granted - but I'm glad someone is documenting this instead of calling the anecdotal evidence "anecdotal evidence;" i.e. fables. 

Same here! I wish I'd had this article in college. In at least a couple of my classes, arguments cropped up between pet owners and people who'd never had a pet over whether animals were intelligent, had emotions, and so on. It's nice to see that science is backing up what animal lovers already know.
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