Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Top ten books about intelligent animals

Biologist and primatologist Frans de Waal's latest book is Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?. One of his ten top books about intelligent animals, as shared at the Guardian:
Passions Within Reason by Robert Frank (1988)

Frank is an economist inspired by evolutionary theory. But instead of using that theory to make the case for unfettered competition, he has always emphasised the social side of our species; our commitments, our concern for fairness, our genuinely charitable impulses. He was writing about these issues long before the modern wave of behavioural economics and our current understanding that the default mode of human interaction is actually cooperative rather than competitive.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Learn about Frans de Waal's six favorite books.

Also see: Karen Joy Fowler's top ten books about intelligent animals.

--Marshal Zeringue