by Bill Blakemore and ABC News. Thanks to Jan Casey for sharing. Read the
entire article at the link below.
mammals, including not only dolphins and whales but African wild dogs and
Norwegian rats, many species of bird, and even spiders and insects are now
being discovered by scientists around the world to have complex vocalizations
and other sound-wave communication systems so complex that old notions that
human language is somehow fundamentally unique are being thrown in doubt.
up a broad new field in which scientists are exploring that ancient question:
whether and how the mental experience of animals is different from ours:
thought-processes, self-reflections, feelings for others, sense of enjoyment,
and even possible moral systems and consciousness itself (whatever that is)
different only by degree and complexity from ours, or is there a more
scientific studies can also be great fun. Animals tickle our fancy in many
ways, and often fascinate us.
fact that countless millions of humans around the world click on thousands of
videos of animal behavior found on the World Wide Web is itself evidence of
some form of intense communication in them — often without “words” or any other
sounds from the animals."