Second nature : the inner lives of animals /

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Author / Creator:Balcombe, Jonathan P.
Edition:1st ed.
Imprint:New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
Description:xiv, 242 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Subject:Animal behavior.
Animal intelligence.
Animal psychology.
Social behavior in animals.
Animal behavior.
Animal intelligence.
Animal psychology.
Social behavior in animals.
Format: Print Book
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ISBN:9780230613621 : $27.00
0230613624 : $27.00
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (p. [205]-230) and index.
Summary:Jonathan Balcombe, animal behaviorist and author of the critically acclaimed "Pleasurable"" Kingdom," draws on the latest research, observational studies and personal anecdotes to reveal the full gamut of animal experience--from emotions, to problem solving, to moral judgment, while at the same time challenging the widely held idea that nature is red in tooth and claw and highlighting animal traits we have disregarded until now.
Review by Choice Review

This small book aims to persuade readers to think well of animals. The book is organized into three sections: "Experience," "Coexistence," and "Emergence." "Experience" evaluates instances of animals' acting in ways that only humans are expected to act. Here, animal research scientist Balcombe (Pleasurable Kingdom, 2006) focuses on animal sensitivity, intelligence, emotions, and situational awareness. "Coexistence" outlines ways animals use sophisticated communication, cooperate and coexist with others (even other species), and show a moral sense. In "Emergence," Balcombe points out ways the media portrays "nature" as cruel and grimly competitive and then notes that humans are much crueler than animals. He ends this section by suggesting that humans need to end anthropocentric selfishness and become more aware of what they do to animals and the planet out of greed. He discusses instances in which people have generated regulations and adopted more-humane attitudes toward animals. The progression is clear and the evidence, though somewhat scattered, is useful for general audiences. The book offers readers much to think about in terms of moving away from the usually human-centered view of life. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and general readers. J. A. Mather University of Lethbridge

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Review by Choice Review