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What Are Other Beings Doing with Their Brains? (Video)

Were you ever corrected by a teacher or another adult for attributing human thoughts or emotions to ‘mere’ animals? It was the mistake of anthropomorphism.

Ha! Nowadays, Science acknowledges there is no other way to read our fellow creatures.

What’s going on inside the brains of animals? Can we know what, or if, they’re thinking and feeling? Carl Safina thinks we can. Using discoveries and anecdotes that span ecology, biology and behavioral science, he weaves together stories of whales, wolves, elephants and albatrosses to argue that just as we think, feel, use tools and express emotions, so too do the other creatures – and minds – that share the Earth with us. ~ TED


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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends--with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.


  1. smilecalm

    perhaps they’re exercising their patience
    like Gary Larson’s characters
    in the far side 🙂

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Ha,ha! Didn’t you just blog about patient dogs? I had a patient dog, too…

      Chester spent years teaching me to put away the toys. He himself never fetched. Instead, he’d visually follow each toy as it sailed across the room. Then he’d snap his head back to stare at me – intently.

      He would bob his head once or twice. It was very subtle. I didn’t really notice how he did that… for about 5 years.

      It always ended with me retrieving the toys. This, in turn, always made Chester beam and wag his body wildly.

      At last, I came to understand. It was his way of saying, “Good Girl!”

      • smilecalm

        so kind
        Chester 🙂

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