Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?


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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.2 X 1.3 X 9.3 inches | 1.5 pounds

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About the Author

Frans de Waal, author of Mama's Last Hug, is C. H. Candler Professor Emeritus of Primate Behavior at Emory University and the former director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.


A fascinating history of the study of animal behavior and cognition.
This is a remarkable book by a remarkable scientist. Drawing on a growing body of research including his own, de Waal shows that animals, from elephants and chimpanzees to the lowly invertebrates, are not only smarter than we thought, but also engaged in forms of thought we have only begun to understand.--Edward O. Wilson, University Professor Emeritus, Harvard University
Astonishing...has the makings of a classic--and one fantastic read.
Walks us through research revealing what a ride range of animal species are actually capable all deals a pretty fierce wallop to our sense of specialness.--Jon Mooallem
A passionate and convincing case for the sophistication of nonhuman minds.--Alison Gopnik
A thoughtful and easy read, packed with information stemming from detailed empirical research, and one of de Waal's most comparative works that goes well beyond the world of nonhuman primates with whom he's most familiar.--Marc Bekoff
Engaging and informative.
A beautifully written and delightfully conceived popular science book, written by an eminent researcher who has dedicated his career to making the general public aware of just how smart animals are.--Nicola Clayton
A good book. Read it instead of watching TV or playing video games. The whole world will be better as a result.--Maria Rodale
An entertaining, convincing case for assessing each species's intelligence on its own terms....not only full of information and thought-provoking, it's also a lot of fun to read.--Nancy Szokan
Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? will completely change your perceptions of the abilities of animals. This book takes the reader on a fascinating journey of discovery into the world of animal problem-solving.--Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human