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Deep Thinkers

An exploration of intelligence in whales, dolphins, and porpoises

Janet Mann



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27 September 2017
We know whales, dolphins, and porpoises are the smartest creatures in the sea, we read of their tool use, their self-recognition, their complex songs, and their intricate societies and ability to relate to humans, but, how do we know? And what is the extent of our knowledge of the apparent intelligence of these creatures? Deep Thinkers brings together the top researchers in this field to explain with text and images their findings to all those interested, no prior knowledge required. Thisbook examines cetacean brains, study in the field and in captivity, it compares intelligence markers of cetaceans with birds, bats, and primates, and asks how we define intelligence in non-humans.
By:   Janet Mann
Imprint:   Ivy
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 253mm,  Width: 203mm, 
ISBN:   9781782405078
ISBN 10:   1782405070
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   27 September 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Print

Janet Mann is Professor of Biology and Psychology at Georgetown University. Her work focuses on social networks, life history, conservation, tool use, social learning, and culture among the bottlenose dolphins of Shark Bay, Australia. This is the longest running, leading study of dolphins today. Mann has published over 80 scientific papers in major journals, and a multi-award-winning book Cetacean Societies (UCP, 2000). Mann's work has garnered considerable media attention, including the BBC documentary The Dolphins of Shark Bay (2011). Mann frequently interviews with the New York Times, National Geographic, public television stations, and on National Public Radio. Mann is also the recipient of two mentoring awards in recognition of her deep commitment to undergraduate education.

Reviews for Deep Thinkers: An exploration of intelligence in whales, dolphins, and porpoises

Through their complex songs and intricate underwater societies, we assume whales, dolphins and porpoises are the smartest creatures in the sea. But how do we know? Through the findings of researchers in mammalian intelligence who observe cetacean brains and study mammals in the field and in captivity, this book dives deep to find the answers. * Coast Magazine *Book of the Month* * For anyone who has ever felt mildly nauseous when reading books by authors who find dolphin smiles and whale song endlessly spiritual, uplifting experiences, this more dispassionate offering might come as a tonic. * Diver Magazine * A fascinating book highlighting some of the most extraordinary features of whales, dolphins and porpoises, it's ideal for those interested in wildlife behaviour. * Outdoor Photography (Book of the Month) * Professor Janet Mann is an expert in the social networks of cetacean societies. Her new book, explores just that: self-recognition, complex songs, intricate social networks, and cetaceans' ability to relate to humans. She also takes a deep dive into the environmental impact we are having on them. * The Guardian * In keeping technical language to a minimum and matching the clearly written text to beautiful illustrations and clear and concise diagrams, Mann and her collaborators have produced an evocative summary of what it is to be whale. * New Scientist * Deep Thinkers makes for a great introduction to the topic of cetacean intelligence, and would be the perfect gift to your non-biologist friend or relative who wants to know more. * Natural History Book Services *

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