The Genius of Animals

2018

The Genius of Animals

For centuries, humans’ concept of animal intelligence has been obscured in a cloud of false assumptions and egotism. Animals have worked for us. Animals have fed us. Some have even entertained us. But science is now showing that the animalian mind is much more complex than we may fully appreciate. From the crow that bends a wire into a hook to retrieve food from a long-necked bottle, to the elephants that grieve the loss of a family member, to the language and social networks of whales, animals prove that we are not alone in our capacity to think and feel. What can we learn about design, logic, and love from the pets, pests, and predators of the world? Could we move past the assumption that humans are qualitatively different than the rest of the animal kingdom, and if so, would we lead healthier lives for ourselves and the planet?

Track Events

Early Birds: Morning Walk with Aspen's Feathered Friends
The Photo Ark: Documenting the Endangered
Enraptored: Birds of Prey Demonstration
Why Birds Matter with Nature Valley: Guided Bird-Watching Excursion
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