Thursday, January 26, 2012

Mysteries Of The Animal Mind - Tonight On The Nature Of Things

Any pet owner knows their cat, dog or budgie has feelings. But many scientists considered it absurd to entertain questions about how animals might feel or that they might be thinking—it was unacceptable to ascribe experiences like delight, boredom or self-awareness to non-humans. Now scientists are exploring the complex mysteries of the animal consciousness.

Tonight The Nature of Things with David Suzuki is featuring a special episode for animal lovers.  Mysteries of the Animal Mind is airing Thursday January 26, 8 p.m. (8:30 NT), on CBC Television.  Here we will meet the researchers who are finding growing evidence of compassion, cooperation, altruism, empathy, intelligence and communication in all sorts of different species.  We’ll meet Diana Reiss of Hunter College who takes viewers underwater at the Baltimore Aquarium. She discovers that dolphins can recognize themselves—joining a select group known to have this ability.

I'll be watching looks pretty cool!