Bird Brain (PDF)


Bird Brain

READ ´ Bird Brain Nathan J. Emery Ý 0 READ READ Bird Brain Well as parrots and some less studied species from around the world This lively and accessible book shows how birds have sophisticated brains with abilities previously thought to be uniuely human such as mental time travel self recognition empathy problem solving imagination and insightWritten by a leading expert and featuring a foreword by Frans de Waal renowned for his work on animal intelligence Bird Brain shines critical new light on the mental lives of birds Choice. Really nicely produced book and a fascinating subject but the writing is a bit dull

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READ ´ Bird Brain Nathan J. Emery Ý 0 READ READ Bird Brain N engaging exploration of the avian mind revealing how science is exploding one of the most widespread myths about our feathered friends and changing the way we think about intelligence in other animals as well Bird Brain looks at the structures and functions of the avian brain and describes the extraordinary behaviors that different types of avian intelligence give rise to It offers insights into crows jays magpies and other corvids the masterminds of the avian world as. Overall a fantastic and uite comprehensive look at avian intelligence There is a strong emphasis on graphics and clear compelling explanations throughout of not only what we know but how we know it about bird brains and cognition My only real complaint about the graphics is that the gray text on a white background might look nice from a design perspective but make for needlessly difficult reading

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READ ´ Bird Brain Nathan J. Emery Ý 0 READ READ Bird Brain Why birds are smarter than we thinkBirds have not been known for their high Is which is why a person of uestionable intelligence is sometimes called a birdbrain Yet in the past two decades the study of avian intelligence has witnessed dramatic advances From a time when birds were seen as simple instinct machines responding only to stimuli in their external worlds we now know that some birds have complex internal worlds as well This beautifully illustrated book provides a. I picked up this book because I hoped that I d be able to recommend it to people who want to understand the basics of avian cognition I cannot While the book as a physical object is lovely the author does a decent job of explaining things like parts of the brain accessibly and some of the infographics are outstanding the book is marred by sloppy thinking and ugly stereotyping throughoutApart from the expected problem of reporting the results of truly gruesome experiments such as deliberately mutilating the brains of living birds without a word of empathy or a discussion of ethics I saw these persistent flaws1 Gender stereotyping I think it was when the author described a rooster as presiding over a group of hens that I reached my limit Anyone who has spent significant time with chickens allowed to form their own social groups and choose their own activities within settings approaching those of their wild ancestors knows that the roosters are not in charge Every once in a while a particularly presumptuous rooster will think he should be in charge but hens uickly divest him of that idea Both roosters and hens do tend to have intra sex hierarchies although even these are fluid and complex than the author s loose talk of pecking orders would suggest but it is simply not the case that the males are over the females This false presumption of male supremacy along with all sorts of stereotyped interpretations of behaviors runs through the book This is an old old tactic of sexism Making male rule look natural via biased interpretations of animal behavior presented as fact2 And other mapping of human preoccupations onto animals The author admiringly mentions Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey but evidently missed the primary gift that they and Birute Galdikas brought to ethology which was to demonstrate how much we can learn when we look at animals afresh without presuming that their behavior will reflect our own preoccupations male supremacy hierarchy competition etc It s not just that previous male researchers had been watching apes in labs and other unnatural settings but also that those previous researchers saw what their stereotypes told them to expect This author s assumptions over and over again hearken back to those bad old days And it s all completely unnecessary He could have reported various fascinating facts without explaining them by reference to tired tropes3 Out dated evolutionary theory presented as fact I lost track of how many times eventually I started skimming because I just couldn t bear it any the author presumed sexual selection to be the be all and end all of evolution attributing this that and the other to male efforts to demonstrate their genetic fitness to prospective partners It s not just that he left out everything we know about same sex courtship affection pair bonding parenting and sex among birds It s that the whole book presumes the dreary worldview implicit in the ideology that the sole function of life is reproduction If we can t imagine a vibrant world than that then maybe birds should be experimenting on us to see if we have the capacity for imagination rather than vice versa4 Inadeuate assessment of experiments OK so imagine that a scientist sets up an experiment in a lab reasoning that if birds can do some thing then they will have demonstrated a particular cognitive capacity Since that s a hypothesis then if they do that thing in the course of the experiment then it s right to say that the findings suggest that birds or those particular birds have that capability So far so good But if they do not do that thing WE CANNOT CONCLUDE THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE THAT CAPABILITY Why not Because maybe they just weren t interested in doing whatever the researcher wanted them to try to do Maybe the study was poorly designed Maybe they were depressed from being captured and kept in a lab Maybe they were hatched and raised in a lab and had lesser cognitive capacities than they would have had if raised in a socially and materially stimulating environment There are twelve thousand reasons that a particular bird might not involve herself in a particular false project or try very hard to solve an unnatural problem that reflects human preoccupations rather than her own But again and again the author reports that this that or the other bird does not have this that or the other capability because one or groups of those birds failed to solve some problem manufactured by peopleJust in case anyone relevant is reading this review I recommend that the publisher include at least one feminist scholar of science when sending books like this out for peer review Really we need to get the sexism out of popular science Next I recommend that the author read up on 21st century evolutionary theory because we ve come a long way from the days that every little thing was reflexively attributed to sexual selection It might be a good idea for him to pick up Bagemihl s Biological Exuberance which was late 20th century but still goes a long way toward demolishing the notion that the sole explanation for every animal behavior is the uest to get their personal genes into the next generation

  • Hardcover
  • 192
  • Bird Brain
  • Nathan J. Emery
  • en
  • 13 September 2018
  • 9780691165172

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  1. says: Bird Brain (PDF)

    READ Bird Brain Bird Brain (PDF) I picked up this book because I hoped that I’d be able to recommend it to people who want to understand the basics of avian cognition I cannot While the book as a physical object is lovely the author does a decent job of explaining things like parts of the brain accessibly and some of the infographics are outstanding the book i

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    READ & DOWNLOAD ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ý Nathan J. Emery Nathan J. Emery Ý 0 READ READ Bird Brain If I tell you that Bird Brain reads like a textbook does it make you cringe and consider closing the browser window?Allow me to add with haste that it makes for an incredibly gorgeous engaging approachable textbook that I wish all textbooks I've ever encountered could have been like Does that help?There are many books out there on bird behaviors including intelligence Since I'm a bit obsessed with corvids I tend to gravi

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    READ Bird Brain Nathan J. Emery Ý 0 READ Bird Brain (PDF) This book covers much the same ground as Jennifer Ackerman's excellent The Genius of Birds but with a very different approach It's strengths are in its concision of information the gorgeous visuals Emery uses diagrams to easily convey hard neuroscience for example The differing evolutionary paths of the primate and bird brain is easy to understand thanks to simple use of colour and design On the downside it covers many topics v

  4. says: READ & DOWNLOAD ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ý Nathan J. Emery Bird Brain (PDF) Nathan J. Emery Ý 0 READ

    Bird Brain (PDF) Nathan J. Emery Ý 0 READ READ Bird Brain A very average textbook The photographs deserve 4 5 stars but the text isn't particularly engaging or captivating so 2 stars and I'm going to try Candace Savage's book instead

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    Nathan J. Emery Ý 0 READ READ & DOWNLOAD ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ý Nathan J. Emery Bird Brain (PDF) Overall a fantastic and uite comprehensive look at avian intelligence There is a strong emphasis on graphics and clear compelling explanations throughout of not only what we know but how we know it about bird brains and cognition My o

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    Bird Brain (PDF) Nathan J. Emery Ý 0 READ READ Bird Brain Se supone ue debe ser en un lenguaje de divulgación ue interese y clarifiue creo ue no lo logra Las gráficas para mostrar los experimentos me parecen poco claras Sólo lo entretenidas ue son las aves salva el libro

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    READ Bird Brain Bird Brain (PDF) Nathan J. Emery Ý 0 READ Too in depth for me however

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    READ & DOWNLOAD ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ý Nathan J. Emery Bird Brain (PDF) Nathan J. Emery Ý 0 READ Really nicely produced book and a fascinating subject but the writing is a bit dull

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    Bird Brain (PDF) READ & DOWNLOAD ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ý Nathan J. Emery will change everything you know about birds and their brains but also mammalian brains read

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