Wednesday, April 12 | Noon – 1:00 PM | Main Meeting Room

Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel by Carl Safina. Frank Moore is the reviewer.

About the Book (from the Publisher)

Hailed conservationist Carl Safina examines animal personhood as told through the inspired narrative portraits of elephants, wolves, and dolphins

Long before his work as an ocean conservationist, Carl Safina’s childhood by the long island shore launched a life-long passion for animals. Since then, his collected work has sought to inspire respect and improved understanding for wildlife. In his wise and passionate new book, Safina delves deeply into the lives of animals, witnessing their profound capacity for perception, thought, and emotion. Weaving observation with new understanding of brain functioning, his narrative erases many previously held distinctions between humans and other animals.

Who we are as individuals depends on who we are to others, and on who others are to us. Relationships define us. Certain non-humans, too, live lives focused around rich social relationships. If tragedy befalls key individuals, survivors confront lasting repercussions. Like us, these animals know who they are.

In “Beyond Words,” readers travel from Kenya to visit the Sheldrake elephant orphanage, to Yellowstone National Park to observe free-living wolves sorting out the aftermath of their personal tragedy, to the whales of Haro Strait off of Vancouver.

Safina delivers a graceful examination of how animals truly think and feel, which calls to question what really does–and should–make us human.

About Random Reviews

Random Reviews are Sponsored by The Friends of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. Reviews are held on the second Wednesday of the month from 12:00 – 1:00pm and are open to the public and free of charge.  Coffee, tea, and cookies are served. Feel free to bring your lunch.

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