Monday, January 13, 2014

The Fascinating Science of Animal Intelligence, emotions and Friendship

Animals are great teachers of kindness, acceptance and respect. 

Guest, Dr. Marc Bekoff is renowned for making the rapidly changing science and policy around animal intelligence and emotions accessible for a mass audience.

He is professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has worked alongside leading writers and activists including Jane Goodall, Peter Singer, and PETA cofounder Ingrid Newkirk.

His new book Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed is filled with amazing stories about the empathy, grief, and love we can observe in both wild and domestic animals.

Marc talked about animals impact humans through their ability to be non judgmental,  which he describes as being different from unconditional. Marc explained that dogs can be a great judge of character, when they show hesitance, Marc pays attention.  Marc has studied animals around the world, including their rituals and habits, and how they communicate with each other and with humans. His work has helped people understand how to co-exist peacefully based on what animals teach us about this. If people were to apply the 3 P's: positive, passion, and polite, the impact globally would be quite impressive.

What lessons have animals taught you?

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How have animals taught you about kindness? There is much to learn from our animal friends.

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