on 6 September 1999
Mr. Linden's subject matter is interesting enough -- the consciousness of animals -- but it is his writing that carries this book. His breezy style brings a page turning quality, as he explains difficult scientific concepts in a manner that is immediately accessible to all. This is a book that will force a challenge to those who would suggest that only humans live in the realm of consciousness. It wouldn't surprise me if the radical religious right turned this book into a lightening rod for their disapproval. Makes you wonder what is next for animal intelligence -- perhaps a monkey will write the next book, or at least be at the seat next to you in your next poker game!
on 3 September 1999
Fantastic! We humans think we are so smart; well guess what, the four legged kingdoms aren't so far behind and are even ahead. This book is a delightful read, with pleasant prose and artful anecdotes. I took the intelligence of monkeys and other animals for granted, but I now know that chimps can easily beat me at poker. I am only halfway through Linden's matsterful stories and don't want them to end.
on 4 June 2009
THE BOOK IS MAINLY ABOUT PRIMATES AND THEIR INTELLEGENCE....
FAILS TO RECOGNISE THE MUCH MORE ADVANCED INTELLEGENCE OF PARROTS AND SOME OTHER BIRDS, ESPECAILLY PARROTS, NOT ONLY DUE TO THEIR KEEN DESIRE TO LEARN COGNITIVE SPEECH BUT BECAUSE THEY ARE SO QUICK TO GRASP THINGS WHETHER IT'S DISMANTLING THEIR CAGE OR WORKING THE MICROWAVE TO HEAT THEIR LUNCH. THEY DON'T REQUIRE REPETITIVE TEACHING STRATAGIES AND FOOD REWARDS THEY DESIRE TO LEARN
THERE ARE A COUPLE OF SHORT STORIES INVOLVING KILLER WHALES AND DOLPHINS.
I'M GIVING IT 1 STAR BECAUSE I SPENT MONEY ON THIS BOOK BELEIVING THERE WOULD BE MAINLY STORIES ABOUT PARROTS WITH OTHER STORIES REGARDING DIFFERENT ANIMALS
THERE HAVE BEEN SO MANY BOOKS WRITTEN ABOUT PRIMATES I WOULD HAVE SEARCHED FOR ONE OF THESE BOOKS IF I HAD WANTED TO BUY ONE