Faith Middleton show: Eye-Opening Findings On The Inner Lives Of Animals

Science reveals animals are not merely alive, but that they experience life

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"Second Nature" by Dr. Jonathan Balcombe
The Inner Lives of Animals
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For centuries we believed that humans were the only ones that mattered.  The ideas that animals had feelings was dismissed or considered heresy.  today, new scientific studies of animal behavior reveal perceptions, intelligences, awareness and social skills that would have been deemed fantasy a generation ago.

Jonathan Balcombe, animal behaviorist and author of the critically acclaimed book Pleasurable Kingdom, draws on the latest research, observational studies and personal anecdotes to reveal the full gamut of animal experience-from emotions, to problem solving, to moral judgment.  Balcombe challenges the widely held idea that nature is tooth and claw, highlighting animal traits such as their nuanced understanding of social dynamics, their consideration for others, and their strong tendency to avoid violent conflict.  He shows how dogs recognize unfairness and rats practice random acts of kindness; chimpanzees can trounce humans in short-term memory games and birds are susceptible to mood swings such as depression and optimism.

His new book is Second Nature: The Inner Lives of Animals, Dr. Balcombe is an animal behavior research scientist and a consultant for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.  He lives in Washington, D.C.