And again about animal intelligence

In the beginning of the twentieth century, a retired German mathematics teacher discovered what he thought to be amazing capabilities and human-like intelligence in his horse Hans. Hans seemed to know many facts from different discipline and could answer questions (by tapping his foot an appropriate number of times to indicate the right answer.). The... Continue Reading →

Dasha meows in Hungarian as well

I’ve never thought that meowing in a foreign language changes your appearance 🙂 When I received the cover for my book in Hungarian I should have been offended as Dasha had been replaced with an imposter (or she’d been under plastic surgery), but how can you not like this Hungarian Dasha? She’s so cute, isn’t... Continue Reading →

Anthropomorphism and Anthropodenial

Anthropomorphism: the attribution of human behaviour or personality to non-human animals. Some (both scholars and non-scholars) still insist that we shouldn’t anthropomorphise animals because they are inferior to humans in thinking, feeling, communicating, etc., etc. The reasoning for this assumption is often circular: “Consciousness is assumed in advance to be uniquely human, and any suggestion... Continue Reading →

What humans can learn from lions

Lions in the wild wouldn’t normally attack people unless they are wounded or otherwise roused. Lion can also become a man-eater when it grows old and cannot chase its usual prey. On the other hand, humans can hunt (and kill) lions for sport – not for food or survival – just for fun. They don’t... Continue Reading →

What humans can learn from giraffes

Isn’t it time we learn from animals? They have a lot to teach us. Take giraffes, for example. Giraffes are very quiet animals. They ‘talk’ to each other with infrasound – at frequencies too low for humans to hear. Only in the wild and in the captivity do they make some noises.  There are no loud... Continue Reading →

What humans have got wrong about lions

Descriptions of the lion, like “the king of the jungle” and “the king of the beasts” are well known, but, in fact, they are misleading and, actually, wrong. Lion is the king of the jungle, or is it? The lion’s habitat is the savannah, not the jungle. The majority of lions (the African lions) live... Continue Reading →

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