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

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about Chester, the Alpha Bichon -- with a dash of humor and a dab of Poli-Sci. Her views and insights are tinted by a former profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and training in Library and Information Science. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.

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Chester is a scruffy little Bichon dog, with a congenial Napoleon Complex, and stars in "The Chester Chronicles." He sometimes reports independent Canine News -- NO corporate treats accepted, NO corporate bias. Woof!

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