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Animal Wise

Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures

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Awards for Animal Wise

Shortlisted, 2013 LA Times Book Prize for Science & Technology

About the author

Virginia Morell

Virginia Morell is an acclaimed science journalist and author. She is a prolific contributor to National Geographic, Discover and Science, among other publications. She is also the author of Ancestral Passions, a …

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Praise for Animal Wise

‘After you read this book, you will be convinced that many different animal species have true thoughts and emotions. You will take a journey to the centre of the animal mind.’ —Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human

 

‘Morell passionately and consistently proves her point in this frequently fascinating study of animal behavior.... [She] is a gifted writer with a deep knowledge base that never talks down to the reader or the academic community—no small feat.’ —Publishers Weekly

 

‘[A] delightful exploration of how animals think … Morell makes a fascinating, convincing case that even primitive animals give some thought to their actions.’ —Kirkus Reviews

 

‘Touching and provocative … well-told and often heart-wrenching.’ —Washington Post

 

‘By the end of this compelling book, you wonder why humans have taken so long to accept that our fellow animals think and feel like us.’ —Sydney Morning Herald

 

‘Virginia Morell sheds light on the many surprises of cognitive awareness of animals.’ —San Francisco Chronicle

 

‘Each chapter takes readers on an adventure alongside researchers as they probe the minds of such disparate creatures as ants, trout, dolphins, elephants and chimpanzees.’ —Scientific American

 

‘For most of the 20th Century, animals weren’t allowed to have emotions … But Virginia Morell’s new book, Animal Wise, tells a new story. After six years of reporting in 11 different countries, the longtime science journalist is pretty certain: Animals feel. And strongly, as it turns out.’ —Wired

 

‘A fascinating, accessible look at animal cognition.’ –People

 

‘This charming book about animal intelligence … has a nice arc to its structure—working from generally more basic (although still remarkable) cognitive abilities of creatures like adventurous ants to the complex thinking of chimps—and it is threaded through with philosophical questions that are as thought-provoking as the creatures and experiments she chronicles.’ —Smithsonian

 

‘Each chapter takes readers on an adventure alongside researchers as they probe the minds of such disparate creatures as ants, trout, dolphins, elephants and chimpanzees.’ —Scientific American

 

‘This enthralling book might change the way we perceive other species who share the planet with us … a compelling read.’ —Bark