Tagged: Animals

Sperm Whales

The New York Times just ran an article about Sperm Whales, and their modes of communication. They seem to have an elaborate language that we don’t understand yet. The sperm whale is the largest of the toothed whales and the largest predator on  earth. Mature males average 16 metres (52 ft) in length, with some reaching more than 20 metres. The head represents up to one-third of the animal’s length. They can dive down to 2,250 metres (7,382 ft). The sperm whale makes clicking sounds, which is a form of echolocation as well as communication. Sperm whales’ brains are the largest ever known, around six...

Chimpanzee Memory

Chimpanzees split from the human branch of evolution about four to six million years ago; they are our closest relatives in the animal world. They use tools like spears, they have limited language capability, and they are sophisticated group hunters. They can be deceptive in their behavior, and they are capable of planning for future events. They can mourn, and they can be altruistic within their groups. Our human sense of being fundamentally different from all other animals needs to be reexamined; it is probably the deepest hypocrisy we carry.

The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness

The field of Consciousness research is rapidly evolving. Abundant new techniques and strategies for human and non-human animal research have been developed. Consequently, more data is becoming readily available, and this calls for a periodic reevaluation of previously held preconceptions in this field. Studies of non-human animals have shown that homologous brain circuits correlated with conscious experience and perception can be selectively facilitated and disrupted to assess whether they are in fact necessary for those experiences

Animals

Most animals are multicellular, they breathe, and they can move spontaneously and independently.  We humans emerged from the animal world, but there is no balance in the relationship between humans and animals. They are food for us, they are pets, they work for us, and they are the face of nature. They represent wilderness, and they seem to have emotions.  Darwin wrote a whole book about this subject: in 1872 he published “The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals“. The pictures below are either from the public domain, or taken by me. Some of these photos were taken...