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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of When Elephants Weep
This is a marvellous book. It demonstrates the high level of thought and emotions that elephants have. The idea of people shooting elephants for "sport" is actually a criminal action. Laws should be passed to prosecute killers of elephants, with severe penalties. It is a wonderful book . . . very touching and informative.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Pseudo-scientific nonsense
A great disappointment! The author proposes to prove that animals have a rich emotional range that humans can understand and interact with, but offers no rigorous evidence whatever! His argument is to repeat again and again assertions along the lines of "People who work with animals a LOT will certainly tell you that animals really do experience emotions"...
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1.0 out of 5 stars A load of drivel, Aug. 21 1998
This review is from: When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals (Paperback)
Scientific inquiry is the single most reliable way we have of learning about ourselves and the world around us, but you wouldn't know it from reading this book. Scientists wear black hats here, standing in the way of understanding with their insistence on reproducible results and their disdain for anecdote. In fact, circumspection (at least) in the handling of anecdotal evidence isn't just a pose scientists affect so that they can deny consciousness to our animal friends; it's a necessary safeguard against reporting bias and self-delusion. (I certainly don't want my doctor prescribing a drug because he heard it worked for a guy down the street.) This is not to say that there is not legitimate issue to be taken with the way science has approached animal consciousness, but don't pick up this book expecting to find a thoughtful, nuanced discussion of the issues. The authors apparently feel that if they bash scientists hard enough and toss out enough entertaining and heartstring-tugging animal stories, actual reasoned argument isn't necessary. Don't expect to come away enlightened.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Celebration of the Anthropic Fallacy, July 23 1998
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This review is from: When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals (Paperback)
This book is unfortunately nothing more than the projection of human emotions onto animals from an entirely subjective viewpoint. The authors want animals to have human like responses- and so they do.
Do animals have emotions in the same sense that humans do? Very possibly, especially among the higher animals. Does this book add anything to the debate? No.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!, July 22 1998
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This review is from: When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals (Paperback)
At first I skeptical about the importance of this book. But now that I have read it, I can't wait to read it again and wait for a sequel! It thoroughly examines the emotions that we have not noticed in animals. It has helped me regard animals as individuals whose rights we are morally obligated to respect.
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2.0 out of 5 stars spends more time trashing scientists than discussing animals, June 15 1998
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I was really disappointed in this book. No reasonable scientist today denies that many animals have emotions, thoughts, and consciousness; unfortunately, this book spends too much time trashing scientists and not enough time on its main topic.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Unscientific emotional guff!, May 8 1998
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I wss hoping to find some insights into animal behaviour that would help fill out the picture being painted by sociobiology and evolutionary biology. I was very sadly disappointed. This is just a book for people who like puppies with big soulful eyes - it is not add anything interesting to our knowledge of the world
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captures your heart!, Nov. 27 1997
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It's incredible how many people can believe that animals are without emotions. Every story that Moussaieff recounts in his book is further proof that humans are not authentic in their possession of emotions. The intensity of the examples portrayed envelops you and you only want to read more about the fascinating feelings that animals have. Any pet owner knows that animals can feel happiness or sadness, but Moussaieff is out to prove to the skeptics that besides those two, there are scores of other emotions that dwell in the hearts of animals. I highly recommend this book to anybody, especially if you love animals or heartwarming anecdotes. I also dare anyone to read this book and still be convinced that animals do not feel things such as contentment, grief, shame, pride, anger, or jealousy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book had me laughing, crying, & learning all at once., Oct. 12 1997
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I am a college student, studying Biology, hoping to go on in Zoology. I have a huge love for animals. When Elephants Weep taught me a great deal about research on why animals have emotions and it also reinforced knowledge I already had. So many times during the book I had to stop to share one of the paragraphs with someone in the room. Not only was the author's research educational, it kept my interest with so many personal animal stories. The book also teaches alot about different scientist's views on anthropomorphism. This is a great book for animal and science lovers and I highly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars When Elephants Weep, Aug. 6 1997
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Even if you don't really agree with all of the author's hypothesis about animals, it is still a good read. To those who DO care about animals, it won't give you that much information you didn't already know from the Discovery Channel or Nature on PBS. This book not only attacks speciesists (my word: those who discriminate against other species)but is an attack agianst the scientific meathod in general. In fact, that is the main theme of the book--scientists are elitists male stubborn snobs--the animals are just there to prove that point. Had he focused ENTIRELY on the animals and left his soapbox a little more often at home (were the attacks on Sea World REALLY necessary?), this book would have gotten a 10. Still, it is an important book in that it might help promote people to think for themselves and to be more concerned about animals as other beings, not just as "inhuman beasts"
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book to make you think, July 11 1997
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The prologue and first chapters were pretty rough going, but once you get into the heart of the book it's fast going, and it's all you can think about. The book offers some interesting and litle facts on the intelligence, behavior and sensitivity of animals, plus some anecdotes that offer fascinating insights into animals' minds. I loved it! It's "Born Free", only three times as good
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, fascinating look at emotions in animals, Sept. 17 1996
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If you have ever had a pet, you already know that animals have emotions. Masson and McCarthy show us how universal emotions are, as well as which emotions do not seem to occur in other species. Approachable and humorous, this book guides you through the jungle of scientific and not-so-scientific knowledge about the animals who share our world. It's lots of fun
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