(Mousy Cats and Sheepish Coyotes) [PDF/EBOOK] Ë John Shivik

  • Hardcover
  • 208
  • Mousy Cats and Sheepish Coyotes
  • John Shivik
  • en
  • 05 October 2019
  • 9780807071519

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John Shivik Î 5 Read Read Mousy Cats and Sheepish Coyotes ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ble Uniue personalities can be discovered in every corner of the animal kingdom even among microscopic organisms The array of personality types among all species is only beginning to be described and understo. While most of us firmly believe that animals have distinctive individual personalities it still remains outside the realm of most accepted science Science is still very reluctant to admit that animals commonly function beyond simple instinctive responses While everyone knows certain animals are capable of higher level though great apes corvids pigs we are reluctant to afford that luxury across the board as increasing discoveries and common sense seems to dictate and allow the bastion of personality to be thrust upon the lesser species ie fish insects reptiles all rodents etc This level of cognitive dissonance is ultimately doing a disservice both to the animals in uestion and to ourselves There s a lot we could learn from things like the way native bees structure their societies the complex social networks the lions wolves and prairie dogs have The way that others see the worldThe book provides a wealth of information both scientific and anecdotal to support the idea that animals have personalities The bulk of the research that is presented has been done on rather unexpected creatures spiders While the information about cougars cooperating than not was not so surprising to me as I had heard similar stories when I visited the Big Cat Rescue the information about spiders was truly fascinating Things we take for granted such as the sexual cannibalism of the species wasn t necessarily true 100% or even 50% of the time Isolating what compelled the females to act in such a way and why it might be so raised many uestions Like the Stanford Prison Experiments so much of the data we take for granted is both inaccurate and damaging to our very view of the world Cooperation is the rule than conflict only extreme cases get press without the accompanying data to show that it is common place practiceThe book does a wonderful job of explaining why personalities would be the rule over predictable behavior variability is better for evolutionary practices than animals acting in predictable ways and while that may seem obvious it s an argument I ve never seen laid out so neatly before The book is a bit too dry and full of higher level writing to be a popular science book unfortunately An it s a bit too full of anecdotes to be fully accepted by the scientific crowd Nevertheless I think its an important and interesting text and I look forward to other writers picking up the baton and preaching the Animals Have Personalities message until the cognitive dissonance fades

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Mousy Cats and Sheepish Coyotes

John Shivik Î 5 Read Read Mousy Cats and Sheepish Coyotes ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free And coyote has an inherent tendency to favor either its aggressive nature or to shyly avoid conflicts Some bluebirds are lovers others are fighters And some spiders prefer to be loners while others are socia. The fact that stood out the most in this densely packed scientific book was that scientists have been able to modify behavior problems in mice with gene therapy Albeit the sample was minuscule but what a thought

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John Shivik Î 5 Read Read Mousy Cats and Sheepish Coyotes ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free In Mousy Cats and Sheepish Coyotes Shivik serves as an accessible humorous guide to the emerging body of research on animal personalities Shivik accompanies researchers who are discovering that each wolf bear. Two things disappointed me about this book Firstly which of us doesn t believe that animals have different personalities We all know that our pets cats dogs horses and chickens I was going to say even chickens but it should be especially chickens hens are very individual creatures have their own uniue personalities so I don t need convincing in a book full of anecdotesAnd that is the second point too many anecdotes not enough science I like a steak underneath the sauceWhat did bring the book from an average 3 star to a 4 star was the evolutionary reason for different personalities which might be obvious to a lot of people but I hadn t thought of it It is easy to see how true it is of people so obviously of animals tooPhysical adaptions to the environment which is what we all understand about evolution take a very long time As the book puts it bodies transmogrify slowly than glaciers advance and recede But behaviour allows each individual to adapt to the conditions it finds itself in Because the environment varies so much even in one location weather food enemies disease etc a variety of personalities means that some at least are likely to adapt their behaviour and not just survive but learn from their environment and do well In yesterday s Daily Rag aka the scurrilous Daily Mail was a story of a gorilla in a zoo who had made shoes or at least foot coverings so he didn t get his feet wet The other gorillas hadn t thought of that But some person far back in the human chain did too or maybe we got it from gorillasSo because of that insight and I love non fiction for those ah ha moments it gets 4 stars but I wouldn t really recommend it