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Next of Kin by Roger Fouts
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May 25, 08


This is an honest, difficult, wonderful book. Psychologist Roger Fouts (currently at Eastern Washington University) recounts his life experiences (beginning as a graduate student) with Washoe, a chimpanzee who learned sign language as a youngster (and with their-Fouts' and Washoe's- experiences with other chimps and humans). Although the book is not without examples of funny, charming or surprising chimpanzee behavior (such as one girl chimp's interest in Playboy magazine), the real heart of the story is about taking non-human animals seriously, commitment to your loved ones, and rethinking human treatment of non-human animals-- especially our treatment of them in the name of science.

(If you get the book-on-tape version, you are treated to Roger Fouts as narrator. At times he gets quite emotional.)
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Alison Estep he is actually at central washington university


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