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When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals Paperback – Unabridged, May 2, 1996
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Be prepared to put on your thinking cap when you sit down with this book--although there are entertaining vignettes, that's not the main point. Also, the reader(s) who were incensed about the authors' "attack" on scientific method did not closely read the text, I believe. The authors' arguments were based on voluminous research and are in line with many dissenting scientists' viewpoints. I find that there are many folks who believe in reductionist science so strongly that it becomes almost a religion for them--and when their "religion" is "attacked", they simply ignore the evidence on the other side whilst saying the opposing views are bogus. The authors should probably take it as a positive sign that they have triggered this sort of outrage. This book is aimed at minds willing to work, rather than be spoonfed. If you want an easy read, buy "Ring of Bright Water" or something along those lines.
Opinions, opinions, and more opinions. I kept waiting for even moderately detailed, heartwarming accounts of animal emotions and all I got were short burst of dry, clinical accounts of various animals followed by paragraphs and paragraphs of human psychology. The main author Masson has a PhD in Sanskrit. Maybe he should stick to something he knows about, because he doesn't demonstrate that he knows anything about emotion in this book - animal or otherwise. This book is overwrought, poorly written, not well thought out, disorganized, doesn't make a good argument for animal emotions (which deserves one), and doesn't do anything to seriously convince the scientific community why they should study this subject more closely. Books like this actually hurt the cause more than they promote it. I just can't believe he got this published.Read more ›
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The title is wonderful, and it worked on me. The book itself however, is as dry as a PhD thesis. In fact it reads just like a PhD thesis, and I suspect that is exactly what it is. Read morePublished 14 days ago by R. Smith
Would have been a lot better had they left Susan McCarthy out of it.Published 2 months ago by Merlyn Sheldon
I read this years ago, misplaced it, so I ordered and read it, again. Everyone should understand the feelings animals have. This is an excellent starting point.Published 3 months ago by Zed's Mom
Everyone should read this book. Everyone should know that the emotional lives of animals are so close to our own. Read morePublished 5 months ago by venice219
A classic to be read by all evolved individuals, especially those with little contact with the animal world.Published 5 months ago by Theodora
It was a bit slow moving, but I have a love for elephants so it piqued my interest.Published 7 months ago by Michele Sosslau