On this Scholars’ Circle panel three scientists talk about the remarkable similarities between humans and other animals and consider the question, "What might these similarities teach us about the human condition and our relationship to other species?" Please listen to this wide-ranging discussion (a trialogue) about animal intelligence, animal emotions, and animal protection in which the similarities and differences between human and nonhuman animals are considered.
Panel members included me, Barbara Natterson-Horowitz (a cardiologist and Director of Imaging at the UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center and a cardiac consultant for the Los Angeles Zoo, and co-author of Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health), and Stan Kuczaj (director of The Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory at University of Southern Mississippi and coauthor of Emotions of Animals and Humans: Comparative Perspectives).
How are animals smart?
In my humble opinion many good points were made in this half-hour discussion about evolutionary continuity, psychological disorders in nonhuman animals, viewing animal intelligence as an adaptation, the range and depth of animal emotions, and how we must use what we know to make the lives of other animals the best we can.