Weaving decades of field observations with exciting new discoveries about the brain, Carl Safina's landmark book offers an intimate view of animal behavior to challenge the fixed boundary between humans and nonhuman animals. In Beyond Words listeners travel to Amboseli National Park in the threatened landscape of Kenya and witness struggling elephant families work out how to survive poaching and drought, then to Yellowstone National Park to observe wolves sort out the aftermath of one pack's personal tragedy and finally plunge into the astonishingly peaceful society of killer whales living in the crystalline waters of the Pacific Northwest.
Beyond Words brings forth powerful and illuminating insight into the unique personalities of animals through extraordinary stories of animal joy, grief, jealousy, anger, and love. The similarity between human and nonhuman consciousness, self-awareness, and empathy calls us to reevaluate how we interact with animals. Wise, passionate, and eye opening at every turn, Beyond Words is ultimately a graceful examination of humanity's place in the world.
"This book breathes love of and respect for animals and is rich with observations and extraordinary travel experiences." (Frans de Waal, author of The Bonobo and the Atheist)
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Great book by a scientist with a heart
Absolutely mind bending!
Mind expanding- indisputable!
All things are connected by a common ancestry. Humans are not the pinnacle of creation but one among many creatures who encompass the whole of evolution. We are all the same and humans are not the best among us.
The extent of society among our non-human neighbors is what I liked best. And the fact that we can interact with them if we do so on their terms and not on our terms.
I enjoyed Carl's sense of earnest and the decades of observation he brings to the subject.
Man vs. Nature: Community or Competition?
This book opens up the sense that we are all one. There seems to be an entire reality- older than our own, that is grossly misunderstood. To what end I wonder...
- kenneth lavoie