- Hardcover: 360 pages
- Publisher: Yale University Press (March 28, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780300218152
- ISBN-13: 978-0300218152
- ASIN: 030021815X
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Carnivore Minds: Who These Fearsome Animals Really Are Hardcover – March 28, 2017
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“Bradshaw continues to carve out an immensely important and innovative field that combines animal behavior and psychology, with deep inter-mind—and soul—sensibilities. Beautifully written. This book is a catalyst for societal change."–Peter H. Kahn, Jr., University of Washington
“With panache and care, Gay Bradshaw tackles myths about carnivores. She moves the reader to greater understanding and empathy—critical tasks if we are going to increase humanity’s concern for carnivore thriving.” –Darcia Narvaez, University of Notre Dame
"Gripping...Gay Bradshaw informs, educates, challenges, and exposes biases about carnivores. We need to stop excluding these animals from the ambit of human ethical concern."—John Gluck, author of Voracious Science and Vulnerable Animals: A Primate Scientist's Ethical Journey
“The book forces us to regard other species—those dangerous, frightening, predatory ones that occasionally kill us—in a new light.” –Luke Hunter, Panthera
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Now a book devoted to carnivores....
Dr. Bradshaw's fascinating research goes beyond the myth of carnivores as mindless killing machines and makes the science available to the average reader.
Her remarkable storytelling skills and rigorous scientific research sets her apart from other authors. I highly recommend this book to all readers.
G.A. Bradshaw is difficult to describe: a very erudite woman with a scholarly background in literature, ecology and psychology, she is credited with having shifted the paradigm for wildlife biology through her studies in the rapidly expanding body of research in both human and animal behavior. She is the founder and director of The Kerulos Center, an institution devoted to animal sanctuaries and the science of animal sentience based in their capacity to think, feel and experience consciousness—an ambition that has helped Bradshaw synthesize biology, neurological studies, psychological, and psychiatric literature to provide a deeper understanding of brains, minds and behavior of large carnivores.
I approached this topic, as many Westerners will, with an image of large carnivores—certainly grizzly bears, great white sharks, crocodiles and mountain lions—as dangerous predators ready to hunt me down should circumstances permit: a fear based in myths, prejudices and anecdotal perceptions cultivated by my own ignorance. Bradshaw, in her Introduction, was quick to dispel these “personal barriers” and “opened” my mind to the objective reality, revealed through the wealth of scientific evidence developed in animal research supporting the fresh convictions presented in this wonderful book.
For me, this book has closed the chapter on speculation about whether or not animals can feel, think and suffer, or whether our own species should accept them as kin and give them the rights and respect they deserve; the respect that they have extended to us even though we threaten them with extinction. Through the trauma suffered by sharks, whales, bears, crocodiles and pumas in their polluted and dwindling habitat, Carnivore Minds describes the eve of this Sixth Great Extinction. All of these animals have occupied the planet in relative harmony much longer than humans and yet our values, attitudes, practices and ignorance have driven these magnificent species to desperation and annihilation. A sad story and strong message about them but, perhaps more important, a real revelation for the reader.
Discover a new way of viewing bears, pumas, sharks, snakes, and other carnivorous creatures in this newest book from "Elephants on the Edge" author G. A. Bradshaw. A captivating read, each chapter features a different species of animal whose true character emerges from the frightening mists of meat-eater myth, revealing personalities that have more in common with us than one might have previously thought. By traversing the pages of this book, not only will you learn more about the lives and minds of some amazing animals, you'll also gain a deeper understanding of them that will forever change the way you see these once-scary creatures.