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Animal Passions and Beastly Virtues: Reflections on Redecorating Nature

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What is it really like to be a dog? Do animals experience emotions like pleasure, joy, and grief? Marc Bekoff's work draws world-wide attention for its originality and its probing into what animals think about and know as well as what they feel, what physical and mental skills they use to live successfully within their social community. Bekoff's work, whether addressed to ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 28th 2005 by Temple University Press (first published January 1st 2005)
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Robin Tierney
For those interested in science based on anecdotal evidence and empirical data on nonhuman animals' cognition, emotions and individual and social behavior (ethology...in natural habitats). Plus a truly thoughtful discourse on research approaches and pursuing science with the overarching goal of a better world. Dr. Bekoff presents a series of studies researched over some 30 years illuminated with essays reflecting on their results and value.

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Stephanie
This book has its pluses and minuses, if I could have given it a 3.5 stars, that would have been my choice.

On the one hand is a very interesting exploration of the differing points of view in the scientific world concerning the issue of animal cognition. Specifically - do animals think and feel? And; if they do, how should we create experiments which prove that this is so?

So much of the 'evidence' is ancecdotal, which is to say the stories of someone who says a particular animal did something wh
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