Are Dolphins Really Smart?: The mammal behind the myth

Paperback | March 16, 2015

byJustin Gregg

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How intelligent are dolphins? Is their communication system really as complex as human language? And are they as friendly and peaceful as they are made out to be? The Western world has had an enduring love affair with dolphins since the early 1960s, with fanciful claims of their "healing powers" and "super intelligence". Myths and pseudoscience abound on the subject. Justin Gregg weighs up the claims made about dolphin intelligence and separates scientificfact from fiction. He puts our knowledge about dolphin behaviour and intelligence into perspective, with comparisons to scientific studies of other animals, especially the crow family and great apes. He gives fascinating accounts of the challenges of testing what an animal with flippers and nofacial expressions might be animal behaviour, Gregg challenges many of the widespread beliefs about dolphins, while also inspiring the reader with the remarkable abilities common to many of the less glamorized animals around us - such as chickens.

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How intelligent are dolphins? Is their communication system really as complex as human language? And are they as friendly and peaceful as they are made out to be? The Western world has had an enduring love affair with dolphins since the early 1960s, with fanciful claims of their "healing powers" and "super intelligence". Myths and pseu...

Justin Gregg is a research associate with the Dolphin Communication Project, and Co-Editor of the academic journal Aquatic Mammals. He received his doctorate from Trinity College Dublin in 2008, having studied social cognition and the echolocation behavior of wild Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins. With an undergraduate background in li...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pagesPublished:March 16, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199681562

ISBN - 13:9780199681563

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements1. The Second Most Intelligent Creature on Earth2. What Big Brains You Have3. Cogito Ergo Delphinus Sum4. The Proof of the Pudding is in the Behaving5. Dolphinese6. A Most Gentle Mammal7. The Deconstructed DolphinNotes

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"Highly recommended." --J. A. Mather, Choice, May 2014