Through Our Eyes Only?: The Search for Animal Consciousness

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Oxford University Press, 1998 - Science - 192 pages
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What goes on inside the minds of other animals? Do they have thoughts and feelings like our own? To many people, particularly pet owners, the answers seem absurdly obvious. Others feel that the issue of animal consciousness is beyond the scope of science. In Through Our Eyes Only, Marian Stamp Dawkins presents the exciting new evidence in animal behavior that points to the existence of higher consciousness in some species.
Here, Dawkins argues that the idea of consciousness in other species has now progressed from a vague possibility to a plausible, scientifically respectable view. Wild vervet monkeys seem to "know" which members of their group are reliable messengers of danger and which commonly cry wolf; vampire bats often give food to starving companions--but only to those who have helped them in the past.
Through Our Eyes Only is an immensely engaging exploration of one of the greatest remaining biological mysteries: the possibility of conscious experiences in other species. Written in a lively style accessible to the general reader, the book aims to show just how near--and how far--we are to understanding animal consciousness.

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Through our eyes only?: a search for animal consciousness

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Although Dawkins credits Donald Griffin and others with collaboration on this text, Through Our Eyes Only does not measure up in quality to Griffin's own work on animal thinking and consciousness ... Read full review

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Excellent, and well argued. I think she makes one logical slip, though, and I slightly disagree with her conclusion because of that. Read full review

About the author (1998)

Marian Stamp Dawkins lectures in Animal Behaviour at the University of Oxford and is a Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford. Her doctoral research at Oxford, completed in 1971, was carried out in collaboration with Nobel laureate Niko Tinbergen. In 1991, she received an award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for "Innovative Developments in Animal Welfare

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