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Grief and love in the animal kingdom - Barbara J. King

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Scientists debate whether animals feel love and express grief for each other. In recent years, new evidence has come to light suggesting that animals as diverse as orcas, elephants, donkeys, and ducks may experience and express profound emotions. If this aspect of nature were better understood, how might we humans make the world a better place for other species? Biological anthropologist Barbara J. King explores this question.

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Listen Barbara’s appearance on the TED Radio Hour, along with three other animal- behavior scientists: Drs. Denise Herzing (Do Dolphins Have A Language?), Frans de Waal (What Qualities Make A Good Leader ... In Chimpanzees?), and Carl Safina (What Do Animals Tell Us About Ourselves — And Our Place In The World?) https://www.npr.org/programs/ted-radio-hour/751433291/anthropomorphicExplore Barbara’s piece ‘The Pig on your Plate’ at AEON magazine: https://aeon.co/essays/what-more-evidence-do-we-need-to-stop-killing-pigs-for-foodExplore Dr. Jessica Pierce’s piece on animal grief in THE CONVERSATION: http://theconversation.com/what-the-grieving-mother-orca-tells-us-about-how-animals-experience-death-101230Interested in more resources, take a look at Barbara’s website ( especially MEDIA) https://www.barbarajking.com/media/Watch these recommended TED-Ed Lessons:Do animals have language?All animals communicate. But do they have language? Michele Bishop details the four specific qualities we associate with language and investigates whether or not certain animals utilize some or all of those qualities to communicate.How do animals experience pain?Humans know the surprising prick of a needle, the searing pain of a stubbed toe, and the throbbing of a toothache. We can identify many types of pain and have multiple ways of treating it — but what about other species? How do the animals all around us experience pain? Robyn J. Crook examines pain in both vertebrate and invertebrate animals.

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