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Inside this Book – ‘I am serious, and hundreds of studies and the latest research back me up. This is because in cognitive science, we think about intelligence in animals a little differently. The first thing we look at, when judging the intelligence of animals, is how successfully they have managed to survive and reproduce in as many places as possible. In some species, such as cockroaches, success does not have much to do with intelligence at all. They are just very hardy and excellent reproducers. But with other animals, surviving takes a little more intellect, and a very specific kind of intellect. For instance, it does not do any good composing sonnets if you are a dodo. You are obviously missing the intelligence you need to survive (in the dodo’s case, this was learning to avoid new predators such as hungry sailors). With this as our starting point, the dog is arguably the most successful mammal on the planet, besides us. Dogs have spread to all corners of the world, including inside our homes, and in some cases onto our beds. While the majority of mammals on the planet have seen a steep decline in their populations as a result of human activity, there have never been more dogs on the planet than today. In the industrialized world, people are having fewer children than ever but are simultaneously providing an increasingly lavish lifestyle for a growing population of pet dogs. Meanwhile, dogs have more jobs than ever. Service dogs assist the mentally or physically disabled, military dogs find bombs, police dogs do guard duty, customs dogs detect illegally imported goods, conservation dogs find scat to help estimate population sizes and movements of endangered animals, bedbug dogs detect when hotels have a problem, cancer dogs detect melanomas or even intestinal cancer, therapy dogs visit retirement homes and hospitals to lift spirits and speed recoveries.
Inside this book –The Genius of Dogs PDF Book by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods – Wolves and humans have never had a particularly amicable relationship, although the animosity is overwhelmingly one-sided. Occasionally, there is a story of children who were adopted and raised by wolves with a happy ending, like Romulus and Remus, who went on to found Rome, or Mowgli in Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book. But for the most part, no other animal has been portrayed so ubiquitously as the Bad Guy throughout history. The Bible portrayed the wolf as a ravenous destroyer of innocence. In Icelandic mythology, two wolves swallowed the moon and the sun. The Old German word for wolf, warg, also means “murderer,” “strangler,” and “evil spirit.” Those officially pronounced wargs were cast out from society and forced to live in the wilderness. Some think this is where the myth of werewolves came from, since the outcast was no longer thought to be human. As children, we grew up with Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs, where wolves were cunning villains to be outsmarted and slain. The revilement of wolves was not limited to myths and fables. Almost every human culture in the world that has come into contact with wolves has persecuted them at one time or another, and these persecutions have often led to their local annihilation.
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- Full Book Name – The Genius of Dogs
- Author of this Book – Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods
- Language – English
- Book Genre – Nonfiction, Animals, Dogs, Psychology, Science
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