The Dolphin In The Mirror: Exploring Dolphin Minds And Saving Dolphin Lives

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The Dolphin In The Mirror: Exploring Dolphin Minds And Saving Dolphin Lives

The Dolphin In The Mirror: Exploring Dolphin Minds And Saving Dolphin Lives

A memoir by the world?s leading dolphin and whale expert, revealing the extraordinary richness of these animals? intelligence and exposing our terrible mistreatment of the smartest creatures in the sea.For centuries, humans and dolphins have enjoyed a special relationship, evident not just in mythology and folklore but in many documented encounters. Some past cultures even worshipped dolphins and condemned anyone who killed or wounded of them. Yet in recent decades, a paradox: on the one hand, we have discovered extraordinary depths of dolphin intelligence and their emotional lives, to the point of glimpsing their self-consciousness-on the other hand, in Japan, dolphins are slaughtered indiscriminately, and several nations keep them in cruel conditions.Diana Reiss is one of the world?s leading experts on dolphin intelligence who has helped lead the revolution in dolphin understanding for three decades. In addition, as an activist, she is a leading rescuer who helped inspire and served as an adviser forThe Cove, and who continues to campaign against the annual Japanese slaughters. Here, she combines her science and activism to show us just how smart dolphins really are, and why we must stop mistreating them. Readers will be astonished at dolphins? sonar capabilities; at their sophisticated, lifelong playfulness; at their emotional intelligence; and at their ability to bond with other species, including humans and even dogs! Her beloved companion dolphins, each with distinct personalities, create their own toys, type commands on a keyboard, tease and scold her playfully, and express their affection and delight. In Reiss?s most famous experiments, she used a mirror to prove that dolphins are self-aware, and even self-conscious.TheDolphin in the Mirror is both a scientific revelation and a emotional eye-opener, revealing one of the greatest intelligences on Earth.ReviewThe director of dolphin research at Baltimore's National Aquarium retraces the path by which science has come to understand dolphin intelligence.A committed activist on behalf of dolphin welfare, Reiss provides an account of her personal journey and the history of the development of proofs of the creatures? high intelligence. The author chronicles the evolution of the field, beginning with John Lilly's groundbreaking work on their language and concluding with a description of her own experimental work that demonstrates that dolphins are creatures endowed with self-awareness. Reiss also discusses her struggle to get these important findings published in scientific literature. In her doctoral thesis, she proposed a series of rigorous experiments that laid the basis for documenting dolphins? ability to communicate with symbols, recognize their mirror image and even reflect upon their experiences. While involved in her scientific studies, she was also struggling to secure funding and protect the animals she was working with from being sold for commercial exploitation. Reiss movingly conveys her deepening relationship with the dolphins, and she documents how, through each step of the process, and with each new generation, there is a tremendous emotional pull built upon the establishment of communication and empathy between our different species. This has historical antecedents-reflected in classical mythology, as well as in the actual experiences of people rescued at sea by dolphins. Among the author?s purposes in writing this engrossing scientific memoir is to build support to stop the annual massacres of dolphins in Japan and elsewhere.8-page insert. Author tour to San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, Boston, Baltimore, Washington, D.C.From the Inside FlapA memoir by the world?s leading dolphin and whale expert, revealing the extraordinary richness of these animals? intelligence and exposing our terrible mistreatment of the smartest creatures in the sea.For centuries, humans and dolphins have e

Specification of The Dolphin In The Mirror: Exploring Dolphin Minds And Saving Dolphin Lives

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AuthorReiss, Diana
BindingHardcover
LanguageEnglish
Edition1
ISBN-100547445725
ISBN-139780547445724
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Year20-09-2011

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