Some autistic people have a special connection with animals.

Many autistic individuals are said to have a special connection with animals. This issue has been investigated by Temple Grandin in her co-authored book “Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior”. As people with autism are mostly perceptual thinkers, it is no wonder that some of them can understand the... Continue Reading →

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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.

Three brains in one

Temple Grandin devoted a section of her book (“Animals in Translation”) to explaining the evolution, similarities and differences between the brains of animals and humans. She named the section ‘Lizard Brains, Dog Brains, and People Brains’. (I’d prefer to change ‘dog brains’ into ‘cat brains’ in the title, but, well. I’m biased…) Dr Grandin describes... Continue Reading →

The same behaviours (displayed by humans and non-humans) but huge differences in causes and consequences

Often humans’ behaviour towards animals is inappropriate, difficult and wrong. These behaviours include (but not limited to): cruelty; killing animals just for fun; using animals for experiments; keeping animals in captivity (sometimes in terrible conditions); making them perform for the crowds and so on. I haven’t included one behaviour that some animals would – eating... Continue Reading →

Animal Communication

Till recently, some researchers believed that animal communication was ‘mechanical’, and animal languages were primitive, and indeed couldn’t be called languages at all. But hold on a minute. Take cats, for example. Cats communicate differently from humans. And often, their methods of communication are much more effective and successful. Felinologically speaking, using their methods (which... Continue Reading →

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