Edited to add (11/8/12): This is worth watching for the research on pigeon navigation, bee “swarm intelligence” and other interesting insights. I was disappointed, however, with the anthropocentric note on which the program ended. The last segment was about behavioral research on monkeys, and the conclusions articulated by the researcher were framed in why this research is important to us, as a species … what it says about us. I don’t have issues with extrapolating relevant information for all purposes. But, given how profound some recent studies are — that is, they’re challenging long-held scientific notions about animals — I would have hoped the program stressed how the conclusions were important from the standpoint of valuing animals and their capabilities inherently, not just for what they bring to us. That’s my brief review.
I haven’t yet seen the program, so I can’t speak to the actual content. But I appreciate any exploration into the subject matter of animal cognition and emotion. This Nova episode airs tonight on PBS, with David Pogue:
And … two related, short videos from a bookstore talk with biologist Jonathan Balcombe, on the subject of animal emotion (1) and the individuality in fish (2):
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