Are Dolphins Really Smart?: The Mammal Behind the Myth

Are Dolphins Really Smart The Mammal Behind the Myth How intelligent are dolphins Is their communication system really as complex as human language And are they as friendly and peaceful as they are made out to be Justin Gregg weighs up the claims made a

  • Title: Are Dolphins Really Smart?: The Mammal Behind the Myth
  • Author: Justin Gregg
  • ISBN: 9780199660452
  • Page: 433
  • Format: Hardcover
  • How intelligent are dolphins Is their communication system really as complex as human language And are they as friendly and peaceful as they are made out to be Justin Gregg weighs up the claims made about dolphin intelligence and separates scientific fact from fiction He presents the results of the latest research in animal behaviour, and puts our knowledge about themHow intelligent are dolphins Is their communication system really as complex as human language And are they as friendly and peaceful as they are made out to be Justin Gregg weighs up the claims made about dolphin intelligence and separates scientific fact from fiction He presents the results of the latest research in animal behaviour, and puts our knowledge about them into perspective with comparisons to scientific studies of other animals, especially the crow family and great apes He gives fascinating accounts of the challenges of testing what an animal with flippers and no facial expressions might actually be thinking Gregg s evidence based approach creates a comprehensive and up to date study of this fascinating animal which will appeal to all those intrigued by dolphin behaviour.

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    Justin Gregg

    Justin Gregg is science writer and author of the books Twenty Two Fantastical Facts about Dolphins and Are Dolphins Really Smart He writes about animal behavior and cognition, with articles and blog posts appearing in The Wall Street Journal, Aeon Magazine, Scientific American, BBC Focus, Slate, Diver Magazine, and other print and online publications Justin produced and hosted the dolphin science podcast The Dolphin Pod, and has provided voices for characters in a number of animated films Justin regularly lectures on topics related to animal dolphin cognition He also blogs about science and humor nerd pop culture topics on his personal blog at justingreggJustin received his PhD from the School of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin in Dublin Ireland in 2008 having studied dolphin social cognition He is currently an Adjunct Professor at St Francis Xavier University, and a Senior Research Associate with the Dolphin Communication Project Justin has a research focus in dolphin social cognition, and a background interest in linguistic and the evolution of language A list of Justin s academic publications can be found at this link.Follow Justin on twitter justindgregg

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    • Define intelligence: human being tend to put basic rules and concepts to difine intelligence. They classificated organisms according to this strict classification. Why some people will concider the face recognition like more intelligent than the scene recognition? First technic Homo Sapiens use it , the second technic ants use it in their environment. If we want to make a comparison between animals using an argument that all organisms are intelligence : we can say that if we put a mice/rat/ gold [...]

    • Depending on how much baggage you put in "really," the answer is No!Gregg says, speaking of baggage, you have to start by ditching John C. Lilly, above all the idea of "dolphinese."He then says that we need to be careful not to anthropomorphize how we define "intelligence," a definition of which, he notes, is problematic enough when confined just to homo sapiens.Those two caveats in place, his overall answer is that dolphins are no smarter than chimps. (Nor are they nearly as peaceful as Lilly's [...]

    • Sangeeta Borkar

      (Mar 30, 2020 - 07:54 AM)

      This was good read. This very well could have been Gregg's thesis for a graduate/doctoral program. A little boring a times, but great use of scientific writing format and evidence for his conclusions. It involved a lot of comparative anatomy and behavioralism (which I love!). Worth picking up if you like dolphins and scientific papers.

    • An excellent read it gets you thinking about intelligence in a whole new way.

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