Are We Alone - "Feather Knows Best"
Can animals think? Merely asking the question was once thought ridiculous. But studies that range from chimps to birds to sea creatures have prompted scientists to reassess the cognitive capabilities of our animal friends. These results challenge not only our idea of intelligence, but man’s unequivocal perch at the top.
Learn the secret communication between camouflaging cuttlefish… how the smarts of Alex the parrot turned “birdbrain” into a compliment… and why brawn sometimes trumps brains in evolution.
Plus, how tool-making made humans smarter: the new field of cognitive archaeology.
- Irene Pepperberg - teaches animal cognition at Harvard University, and author of Alex and Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Uncovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence and Discovered a Deep Bond in the Process
- Roger Hanlon - senior scientist at Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory in Massachusetts
- Lambros Malafouris - archeologist and a post-doc at the University of Cambridge in England
- Jonathan Payne - assistant professor of geological and environmental science at Stanford University
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