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When seeking to understand animals, context is key. Humans have a habit of viewing the animal kingdom through the prism of our own narrow existence. Zoologist and documentary filmmaker Lucy Cooke is fascinated by the myths people create about animals to fill in the gaps in our understanding, and how much they reveal about the mechanics of discovery and the people doing the discovering. In this book she has gathered together the biggest misconceptions and mistakes made about the animal kingdom, and recounts the experiences that have opened her eyes to many surprising realities about animals and the progress of animal science."Humans may have flown to the Moon and found the Higgs boson, but when it comes to understanding animals, We still have a long way to go. From medieval bestiaries to March of the Penguins or the latest viral video of romping panda cubs, our species relentlessly makes up stories about the virtues and vices of the creatures around us. Chaste pandas are reluctant to mate. Loyal penguins would never abandon their partners. And sloths are just, well, lazy. In reality, pandas don't just have sex; they could make Christian Grey blush. Penguins won't just cheat on a mate; they pay for sex, too. And, despite their names, sloths might just be the most successful animals on the planet. In The Truth About Animals, Lucy Cooke takes us on a global adventure to find out how the animal world really works, and why we humans keep getting it wrong. She fearlessly smears herself in hippo sweat and drinks a blended frog, all in the name of answering questions you never knew you had: What does Aristotle's obsession with eels have to do with twenty-first-century drug mafia? Do female hyenas really give birth through a penis? And why was the New England Puritan Cotton Mather certain that storks could fly into space? Funny, thought-provoking, and at times downright bizarre, The Truth About Animals reveals to us all that is weird, wild, and completely unexpected in the animal kingdom."--Dust jacket.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The truth about animals : [stoned sloths, lovelorn hippos, and other tales from the wild side of wildlife]
Kirjailijat:Lucy Cooke
Info:[New York] : Hachette Audio, [2018]
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In her book, "The Truth About Animals", Lucy Cooke tells a number of interesting stories about a variety of different animals, including sloths, beavers, hyenas, bats, vultures, storks, pandas, hippos, frogs, moose, chimps, and penguins. She looks at several strange ancient beliefs, misunderstandings, and odd attributions peoples had about these animals through the ages, how then tells how those erroneous beliefs were discarded as further tests and experiments revealed new information. For the very curious, there's also some R-rated titillating information about the animal's private parts and sexual practices. ( )
  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
science/biology/history - animal myths debunked, but sometimes the truth is no less strange. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
There are a number of recent books on plant 'intelligence' that are very interesting (the Sheldrake one on fungi being an instance). Selection thinking and fitness landscapes are quite widely applied, much more so than only to biological cases. I was re-reading Lee Smolin the other day and he was talking about applying such approaches to superstring theory - 'cosmological natural selection'. Thinking in such terms also works with the human evolved cognitive structures and faculties. We are bodies in a three dimensional space plus one of time (and with several wrapped up and semi hidden, or so they say, eh). Hills and valleys and perspective points are relatively easy to grasp, well, to visualise is a better way of representing it.

You have read your David Chalmers you know that consciousness and self consciousness are different. IMO consciousness is more like gravity or some such force or quality and is best dealt with by putting it in the mix just prior to it all kicking off as it were. How it manifests depends of course on hmm kind of a complexity and depth of entanglement. Self consciousness is another thing / matter though (not really a thing as such for all that it needs some form of physical instantiation). That has to be examined in the instance and the particular, the specific. So the history, the evolution, the enormous range of interactions and feedback and so on. Sigh, such a lot to get one's tiny little head round, that's why I try and keep it simple! (Stupid.)

I've been reading Lucy Cooke 'The Unexpected Truth about Animals: A menagerie of the misunderstood'. It is very funny and relevant to the topic. I am fairly familiar with a lot of it but she is very amusing. As a “pseudoscrotum” I must mention the butchy female hyena; what a proto-fem! When the men don't measure up, they just grow their own! Plus it solves the age-old problem of penis-envy too…ROTFL! This chapter on Hyenas is a laugh! A quick quote "I wonder if this new image of the spotted hyena as a pioneering feminist, strutting around the Savannah with a counterfeit cock, beating up on submissive males and taking control of her sexual destiny, would have been any less sacrilegious to the male bestiary authors than the original hermaphrodite myth." It has had me chuckling away and also weeping as so many critters get consumed by our unsatisfied unassuageable appetites. We are a mass extinction event and may well find ourselves caught up in that flow of death and destruction and environmental degradation. But, hey, the sun is shining here and it is quite mild, so swallows sometimes stay for the winter and storks set up home at rubbish tips too. Look on the bright side, eh.

Let a thousand flowers bloom and then cull, cull, cull with cruel kindness! (Oh, and KISS!) ( )
  antao | Jun 8, 2021 |
K. Mostly about sex lives; interesting. pub 2020; read 2020
  18cran | Jun 4, 2021 |
Leuke verhalen over 'geschiedenis' van hoe de mens in de loop der tijd over deeze dieren dacht en schreef. Wordt eentonig. Maar 6 verhalen gelezen. ( )
  gerrit-anne | May 17, 2021 |
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When seeking to understand animals, context is key. Humans have a habit of viewing the animal kingdom through the prism of our own narrow existence. Zoologist and documentary filmmaker Lucy Cooke is fascinated by the myths people create about animals to fill in the gaps in our understanding, and how much they reveal about the mechanics of discovery and the people doing the discovering. In this book she has gathered together the biggest misconceptions and mistakes made about the animal kingdom, and recounts the experiences that have opened her eyes to many surprising realities about animals and the progress of animal science."Humans may have flown to the Moon and found the Higgs boson, but when it comes to understanding animals, We still have a long way to go. From medieval bestiaries to March of the Penguins or the latest viral video of romping panda cubs, our species relentlessly makes up stories about the virtues and vices of the creatures around us. Chaste pandas are reluctant to mate. Loyal penguins would never abandon their partners. And sloths are just, well, lazy. In reality, pandas don't just have sex; they could make Christian Grey blush. Penguins won't just cheat on a mate; they pay for sex, too. And, despite their names, sloths might just be the most successful animals on the planet. In The Truth About Animals, Lucy Cooke takes us on a global adventure to find out how the animal world really works, and why we humans keep getting it wrong. She fearlessly smears herself in hippo sweat and drinks a blended frog, all in the name of answering questions you never knew you had: What does Aristotle's obsession with eels have to do with twenty-first-century drug mafia? Do female hyenas really give birth through a penis? And why was the New England Puritan Cotton Mather certain that storks could fly into space? Funny, thought-provoking, and at times downright bizarre, The Truth About Animals reveals to us all that is weird, wild, and completely unexpected in the animal kingdom."--Dust jacket.

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