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Friday, June 14, 2013 Permalink

Radiolab: Animal Minds

 
  

Is it naive to assume they're experiencing something close to human emotions? Or is it ridiculous to assume that they AREN'T feeling something like that?

We get the story of a rescued whale that may have found a way to say thanks, ask whether dogs feel guilt, and wonder if a successful predator may have fallen in love with a photographer.

GUESTS:

Patrick HofAlexandra HorowitzJonah LehrerPaul NicklenPaul Theroux and Clive Wynne
SEGMENTS:

Animal Blessings

During the annual Blessing of the Animals at St. John the Divine Cathedral, the congregation might include any animal from Noah's ark. Why do these pet owners bring their furry, feathery and scaly companions to church? (Oh yeah, and view our slideshow of our day at the Cathedral).


Spindle Cells

Is empathy a purely human quality? In this segment, Jad and Robert explore the inner workings of the spindle cell, those long neurons that might connect thoughts to feelings, with the help of Dr. Patrick Hof and Jonah Lehrer. Then they talk to Dr. Clive Wynne again to ...


Sharing is Caring? Or is it a Sin?

Aren't animals just like furry little versions of us? Author Paul Theroux lays the smack down on E.B. White's penchant for anthropomorphism. His solution is that to love animals you must admit you can never share with them. 

But Jad and Robert, dismayed at this posit, ...

 

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