Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? (Paperback)

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A New York Times bestseller: "A passionate and convincing case for the sophistication of nonhuman minds." Alison Gopnik, The Atlantic

Hailed as a classic, Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? explores the oddities and complexities of animal cognitionin crows, dolphins, parrots, sheep, wasps, bats, chimpanzees, and bonobosto reveal how smart animals really are, and how weve underestimated their abilities for too long. Did you know that octopuses use coconut shells as tools, that elephants classify humans by gender and language, and that there is a young male chimpanzee at Kyoto University whose flash memory puts that of humans to shame? Fascinating, entertaining, and deeply informed, de Waals landmark work will convince you to rethink everything you thought you knew about animaland humanintelligence.

About the Author


Frans de Waal, author of Mama's Last Hug and Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?, is a professor of psychology at Emory University and director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Praise For…


The book is not only full of information and thought-provoking, its also a lot of fun to read.
— Nancy Szokan - Washington Post

Astonishinghas the makings of a classicand is one fascinating read.
— People

Walks us through research revealing what a wide range of animal species are actually capable of[I]t all deals a pretty fierce wallop to our sense of specialness.
— Jon Mooallem - New York Times Book Review

A thoughtful and easy read, packed with information stemming from detailed empirical research, and one of de Waals most comparative works that goes well beyond the world of nonhuman primates with whom hes most familiar.
— Marc Bekoff - Psychology Today

A beautifully written and delightfully conceived popular science book, written by an eminent researcher who has dedicated his career to making the general public aware of just how smart animals are.
— Nicola Clayton - Science

If you are at all interested in what it is to be an animal, human or otherwise, you should read this book.
— The Guardian

This is a remarkable book by a remarkable scientist. Drawing on a growing body of research including his own, de Waal shows that animals, from elephants and chimpanzees to the lowly invertebrates, are not only smarter than we thought, but also engaged in forms of thought we have only begun to understand.
— Edward O. Wilson, University Professor Emeritus, Harvard University

Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? will completely change your perceptions of the abilities of animals. This book takes the reader on a fascinating journey of discovery into the world of animal problem-solving.
— Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human

So, are we smart enough to know how smart animals are? The question will occur to you many times as you read Frans de Waals remarkable distillations of science in this astonishingly broad-spectrum book. I guarantee one thing: readers come away a lot smarter. As this book shows, we are here on Planet Earth with plenty of intelligent company.
— Carl Safina, author of Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393353662
ISBN-10: 0393353664
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: April 4th, 2017
Pages: 352
Language: English