Saturday, March 24, 2012

Beautiful Minds by Bearzi & Stanford

Dolphins and apes and humans--all quite different, yet alike in many ways. This book explores the parallel evolution and the development of intelligence in dolphins and apes. The book details the ability  of these intelligent creatures to develop family bonds, form alliances, and care for their young.  The culture, politics, social structure, personality, and capacity for emotion are discussed with wonderful examples.  This dual portrait—with striking overlaps in behavior—is key to understanding the nature of “beautiful minds.” The last section of the book discusses the perilous plight of these creatures as their habitat is rapidly being destroyed and what can be done to reverse this and save these beautiful minds.

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