The emotional lives of animals by

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ISBN: 9781577316299

Many animals display their feelings openly, publicly, for anyone to see.

The back of this book tells me that “award-winning scientist Marc Bekoff” has spent years studying social animal communication. And that amid the stories of animal joy, grief, and empathy the reader will find the “latest scientific research”. Unfortunately there are just too many anecdotes in this book, and not enough science.

I agree with much of Bekoff’s argument; that animals feel emotions. I just disagree with the manner in which this book writes about them. It simply feels like a collection of “he said she said”.

Which is disappointing.

However, it has provided me with a list of other books to check out. So it isn’t all negative.

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4 thoughts on “The emotional lives of animals


    (10 August 2010 - 10:22 pm)

    I'm fascinated by this subject but it sounds like the book really misses the mark. At least you got some more reading recommendations on this subject out of it.
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      (10 August 2010 - 10:28 pm)

      It is an interesting subject, and this book does have plenty of interesting anecdotes, I just wish that some of the examples were gone into in more depth.

      There are some interesting discussions on metafilter on the topic if you are interested, Elephant-dog friendship & on on Animal grief


    (10 August 2010 - 11:46 pm)

    Too bad about the book, I would prefer more science as well, so might avoid this one.
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      (11 August 2010 - 9:00 pm)

      Yeah, I enjoy pop-science books, but this was more like pop-anecdotes

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