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Book Title: Clever as a Fox: Animal Intelligence and What It Can Teach Us about Ourselves|
Date of issue: April 15th 2002
ISBN 13: 9780674008700
The author of the book: Sonja Yoerg
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 455 KB
Edition: Harvard University Press
Read full description of the books Clever as a Fox: Animal Intelligence and What It Can Teach Us about Ourselves:Dogs are smarter than cats, dolphins and chimps are more clever than both, and we who determine the rankings top the scale--or so we think. But are we thinking clearly? To appreciate the mental abilities of the owl and the pussycat, the tortoise and the hare, requires a commitment to unraveling the nature of intelligence--a tricky and controversial proposition that Sonja Yoerg sets out to explore in this learned, lucid, and entertaining book about our complicated, often erroneous notions about animal intelligence.With forays into evolutionary biology, behavioral science, and comparative psychology, "Clever as a Fox" reveals the promise and pitfalls inherent in any attempt to assess animal intelligence. Along with the concepts we deploy to define and compare intelligence, Yoerg looks at the expectations and prejudices that cloud our judgment of the animal mind, perceptions shaped as much by Aesop and Disney as by direct observation of our fellow creatures. And because such perceptions are inextricably linked with judgments of value--ideas about animal mentality have much to do with which species end up on our laps and which on our plates--this deeply revealing look at how we think about animal intelligence should help us use our own intelligence more wisely.
Read information about the authorI grew up in Stowe, Vermont, the daughter of a ski instructor. In my first incarnation, I was a animal behaviorist who studied learning in blue jays, hyenas and kangaroo rats. I wrote a book about that. Now I make stuff up.
My novels (HOUSE BROKEN and MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE) were published in 2015 by Penguin. My third, ALL THE BEST PEOPLE was released in May 2017. I'm very excited about it, but then again, I get excited about a lot of things.
When I'm not writing or pretending to be writing, I run, garden, cook, eat, drink wine, then run some more. My husband and I live in central Virginia with a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It's quiet and pretty, like Vermont.
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