Friday, March 13, 2015

Do Animals Think?

I have been learning about the inner minds of animals. Pet owners intuitively know that their animals think and feel, but this question has nonetheless been dogging mankind for centuries. However, intuition doesn't have a place in the scientific literature of our time. Scientists need concrete, measurable results, so they have had to step back and try to determine ways to communicate with animals.

I stumbled upon the research of Dr. Irene Pepperberg who has been working with grey parrots for most of her career. Dr. Pepperberg devised a method for communicating and teaching a grey parrot named Alex. The following video is nothing short of amazing.

What do you think about animals? Has this scientist convinced you? Has Alex?

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