- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press (November 27, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 031261179X
- ISBN-13: 978-0312611798
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 7.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #778,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chasing Doctor Dolittle: Learning the Language of Animals Hardcover – November 27, 2012
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“[Slobodchikoff] seemlessly intersperses wry, fascinating animal examples of language use and style with examples of human interaction that illuminate the complexity of animal comminication. [He] puts the world of animal communication into a realm that readers can readily understand appreciate, and marvel at. Highly recommended.” ―Library Journal
“Con Slobodchikoff has done some fantastic work on animal communication. His research on prairie dog language is mind-blowing.” ―Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation
“Con Slobodchikoff is a highly respected scientist who is able to translate the results of groundbreaking scientific studies into a popular format that is easy for anyone without a scientific background to understand.Chasing Doctor Dolittle is written with clarity, persuasion, and singular authority. It is a wonderful, deeply insightful book.” ―Jeffrey Masson, author of When Elephants Weep and Dogs Never Lie About Love
“Con Slobodchikoff has been studying the social behavior and language of prairie dogs for many years and and has shown clearly that these social, family-oriented rodents have one of the most complex communication systems among nonhuman animals who have been studied in detail. His popular writings call upon his vast research experience and they have an entertaining and easy-to-read style. Con is also able to simplify complicated ideas for non-scientists without losing their scientific validity. Chasing Doctor Dolittle will appeal to anyone who wants to learn more about the fascinating lives of many of the animals with whom we share our planet.” ―Marc Bekoff, author of The Emotional Lives of Animals, Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals, and The Animal Manifesto: Six Reasons For Expanding Our Compassion Footprint
“This is a revolutionary book. Con Slobodchikoff's well-reasoned arguments that animals have language are a breath of fresh air.” ―Jonathan Balcombe, author of Pleasurable Kingdom and Second Nature
“With this bold book, biologist Con Slobodchikoff strides into that hushed corner of science where animal communication is studied intensely but the word language is rarely whispered. Just as Donald R. Griffin tried to shake us out of stereotyped thinking about animals and their consciousness, Slobodchikoff asks us to reconsider our definitions of language, what it consists of, and what it does. Amazingly, given the scientific complexities of his topic, he has written an easily accessible book with anecdotes that will cause any dog or cat fancier to take a long, speculative look at the animals in the house.” ―Holly Menino, author of Calls Beyond Our Hearing
About the Author
CON SLOBODCHIKOFF is a professor of biology at Northern Arizona University and director of the Animal Language Institute. He has a B.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
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From his earliest memory of learning the English language at just 5 years old, until his years of research with prairie dogs, and throughout his years of observations of a variety of animals, his perception, his observations and his desire to teach others about language in animals will keep you glued to the pages of this book.
Dr. Con's personal account is easy reading in that he effectively combines his personal experiences with his scientific findings to create a unique literary style that educates those who share his yearning to understand animal language. He not only relates what he sees and hears; he backs up his findings with scientific data, and offers a logical explanation as to the complex language of prairie dogs. His descriptions and personal stories of his observations of behavior in animals makes sense to those who love animals, and creates a pause for those who are swayed only by scientific evidence.
In Chasing Doctor Doolittle, Dr. Con challenges the reader "to cross the vast chasm" that humans build between them and animals. A line on the final page sums up what this book is all about: "For us, the idea that other animals have language is a bridge back to the natural world." This is a book written from the heart and soul, but based upon years of research, and is a must read!
Stephen F. Stringham, PhD
author of: When Bears Whisper, Do You Listen? and "The Language of Bears."
The author has apparently taken substantial risks in his academic career, positing as he does the non-traditional opinion that animals do possess and use communication skills that, in many cases, can legitimately be called language. He describes his own extensive research and that of many other scientists, and presents many eye-opening observations about how information is transmitted within species. His fieldwork was conducted in an entirely scientific framework, leading this reader to wonder at first if the book would be dry and too text-bookish. Nothing could be farther from the truth. It reads like a lively dinnertable conversation with a friendly and articulate scientist.