COTTONWOOD, Ariz., Dec. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- For animal and nature lovers, internationally known animal behaviorist Con Slobodchikoff, Ph.D. has just released his book, Chasing Doctor Dolittle: Learning the Language of Animals, published by St. Martin's Press.
According to Dr. Slobodchikoff, many animals use language to talk to one another, and his book is filled with examples and explanations of their skills. He shows how animals are similar to humans in using language to develop novel ways to persuade, escape, manipulate, and even deceive. Dr. Slobodchikoff also shares his personal adventures with animals around the world, making this an engaging and easy-to-read book.
His storytelling gives insights into both human and animal behavior and draws parallels between them. From lizards using grammar, to whales and mice singing songs, to squid chatting up potential mates, to prairie dogs calling out words for different predators, Dr. Slobodchikoff builds a new view of animals. He cites evidence from many species that shows that individual animals possess consciousness, self-awareness and awareness of others.
Dr. Slobodchikoff says, "Traditionally, language has been viewed as the last bastion that separates us from other species. If animals have language, then the differences between us and them become ones of degree and not the qualitative differences that some people would like to believe.
"Acknowledging that animals have language allows the possibility that animals are sentient beings who are self-aware, can think about the world around them, and make intelligent decisions. In short, they are not that much different from us."
Through the stories and examples of animal language in Chasing Doctor Dolittle, Dr. Slobodchikoff makes the case that the sooner we admit that we and all animals are part of the same continuum, the sooner we will start living in harmony with the natural world around us.
Chasing Doctor Dolittle: Learning the Language of Animals can be purchased on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and bookstores everywhere.
View Dr. Slobodchikoff's web page at http://www.conslobodchikoff.com
About Con Slobodchikoff, Ph.D.
Con Slobodchikoff is Professor Emeritus of Biology at Northern Arizona University, and CEO of Animal Communications, Ltd. He's been featured in numerous news media articles and interviews, including magazines such as Smithsonian Magazine and National Geographic. A joint production by BBC and Animal Planet did a one-hour documentary of his work, shown in 2010 by BBC TV in Europe and in 2011 on Animal Planet as part of the Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom series.
Con Slobodchikoff, Ph.D.
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Cottonwood AZ 86326
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