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Dr. Dolittle To the Rescue: Animals Do Indeed Have Language

Con Slobodchikoff's new book "Chasing Doctor Dolittle" shows clearly we aren't the only linguistic animals. Using linguist Charles Hockett's thirteen design features of human language he shows how nonhumans share them with us. He then goes on to provide numerous examples of animal language. It's difficult to see how even the most hardened skeptics can reject his arguments. Read More

animals have language

A very exciting book. Thank you, Marc, for making it known to me and for informing me about the Rehm show. However, I must disagree with a comment you make in your article in which you posit the difficulty anyone would have with refuting Slobodchikoff's work. Unfortuntely, too many humans have the ability to believe whatever they want regardless of data, facts, or other arguments to the contrary. I see it over and over again, which is why we make progress very slowly. Until we know about the neuroscientific aspects of opinion-making, we are not going to get very far in this battle between humanists and sadists. Barbara

animals have language

A very exciting book. Thank you, Marc, for making it known to me and for informing me about the Rehm show. However, I must disagree with a comment you make in your article in which you posit the difficulty anyone would have with refuting Slobodchikoff's work. Unfortuntely, too many humans have the ability to believe whatever they want regardless of data, facts, or other arguments to the contrary. I see it over and over again, which is why we make progress very slowly. Until we know about the neuroscientific aspects of opinion-making, we are not going to get very far in this battle between humanists and sadists. Barbara

Hugh Lofting.

Such a shame that you confused the rather tacky film starring Alec Guiness with the REAL Dr Doolittle. (I ask you! I long skinny, pompous bloke Masquerading and the loveable Doctor.)

SO much more gentle and fun :-)
http://www.pagebypagebooks.com/Hugh_Lofting/The_Story_of_Doctor_Dolittle/

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Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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