Is morality a uniquely human feature or do other animals possess it as well?

There are some scientists who insist that morality is exclusively human and resist the idea that it actually can be shared with other animals. However, more and more researchers (biologists, neuroscientists, ethologists and philosophers) are beginning to consider morality as an adaptive strategy that has evolved in many species. Of course, animal moral behaviour is... Continue Reading →

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‘Birds and bees’

It’s hard to believe now (when the government’s approved the sexual education for 5-year-olds) that there were times when parents and teachers were embarrassed even to mention the words ‘sex’, ‘sexual intercourse’ and ‘reproduction’. As usual, humans turned to animals to ‘take the blame’ for something they were mortified to admit – as if they... Continue Reading →

What humans have got wrong about hares

As mad as a March hare – completely mad, crazy – is a common English idiom based on a popular belief about hares’ odd behaviour (including boxing at other hares, jumping vertically and so on) during mating/breeding season. Since the 16th century, the phrase has been found in many texts, for example: - in Sir... Continue Reading →

What humans have got wrong about mice

Mice love cheese – Yes, but only when there is nothing else on the offer. They prefer high-sugar diet of grain and fruit. If there is nothing to eat, mice would consume anything – meat, dead bodies, their own tails, and yes, cheese. References: Hanlon, M. & Fryer, J. (2006) ‘Of mice and myths’

Are animals ‘telepathic’?

Freud defined telepathy as a primitive form of communication made dormant by language; in other words, it is the ability mentally to communicate thoughts, emotions, words or images silently to another person. We can get a better understanding of ‘non-verbal communication proper’, is we study animals’ communication, most of which is non-verbal. They do produce... Continue Reading →

What humans have got wrong about goldfish

Goldfish have a four-second memory: The goldfish not only have a memory span of up to three month but also can tell the time – goldfish can distinguish between morning, afternoon and evening, and are able to learn a routine, for example, to press a lever for food at a particular time.

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