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The Thoughtful Animal

The Thoughtful Animal

Exploring the evolution and architecture of the mind

  • Where Did The Thoughtful Animal Go?

    Where Did The Thoughtful Animal Go?

    By Jason G. Goldman | September 22, 2014 |

    If you've been paying attention, you've no doubt noticed that things have been a little quiet around here. While this blog isn't dead, per se, it's on an extended hibernation. In the meantime, find my writing at io9 , Conservation Magazine , BBC Future , and elsewhere. […]

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  • Talking Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria

    Talking Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria

    By Jason G. Goldman | April 23, 2014 |

    Earlier this week I sat down with my friend Cara Santa Maria to chat on her excellent podcast, Talk Nerdy . The conversation was wide-ranging: we talked about the discovery of a new group of insects in which the females have what many are calling a "penis-like structure" (but which the researchers have labeled a gynosome ), about how scientists categorize the world and how that categorization influences culture, about why developmental psychologists ought to abandon baby studies and play with animals instead, and what it means to be both Jewish and atheist. […]

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  • Is It Good For Kids To Have A Pet?

    Is It Good For Kids To Have A Pet?

    By Jason G. Goldman | April 17, 2014 |

    People overwhelmingly believe that having pets is overall a good thing for children. Indeed, a 2003 paper by developmental psychologist Gail F. Melson reports that most parents say that they acquired their family pets "for the kids." But does this pervasive belief hold up to scientific scrutiny? […]

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  • Best of March, 2014

    Best of March, 2014

    By Jason G. Goldman | April 9, 2014 |

    March was a busy month! Here's everything I wrote last month. Here on The Thoughtful Animal : Oil Pollution is Making Gulf Dolphins Sick Studying Contagious Yawning Might Help Us Build Better Societies The Turtle with Human Eyes When Animals Act Like People in Stories, Kids Can’t Learn At Conservation Magazine's Conservation This Week blog: Move Over, Chickens! […]

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  • More Oarfish And This Time They’re Alive

    More Oarfish And This Time They’re Alive

    By Jason G. Goldman | April 7, 2014 |

    In October, two oarfish mysteriously washed up dead on beaches in Southern California. It's unusual to find one intact oarfish carcass, so the fact that there were two within days of each other had scientists scratching their heads. While it was probably nothing more than coincidence, researchers quickly took the opportunity to study the intact critters. […]

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  • When Animals Act Like People in Stories, Kids Can’t Learn

    When Animals Act Like People in Stories, Kids Can’t Learn

    By Jason G. Goldman | March 27, 2014 |

    “Yum, these grass and plants are delicious!” Mother cavy thinks as she eats her breakfast. “I will feed some to my baby cavies too!” she says. The baby cavies love to play in the grass! But they’ve gotten all dirty! “Time for your bath,” Mother cavy says. […]

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  • The Turtle with Human Eyes

    The Turtle with Human Eyes

    By Jason G. Goldman | March 19, 2014 |

    At first glance, most eyes look the same. There's a small opening through which light passes. That light goes through the transparent liquid behind the lens and strikes the retina, a thin film of light-sensitive nerve cells that line the back of the eye. […]

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  • Studying Contagious Yawning Might Help Us Build Better Societies

    Studying Contagious Yawning Might Help Us Build Better Societies

    By Jason G. Goldman | March 13, 2014 |

    We often turn to dogs and to chimpanzees to understand our species. Chimpanzees are our closest relatives (with bonobos), while centuries of selective breeding have turned dogs into a species uniquely suited to comprehend our own social cues. If anybody can help us understand contagious yawning, it's them. […]

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  • Oil Pollution is Making Gulf Dolphins Sick

    Oil Pollution is Making Gulf Dolphins Sick

    By Jason G. Goldman | March 4, 2014 |

    For eighty-seven days in 2010, 210 million gallons of oil from wells below the Deepwater Horizon poured into the Gulf of Mexico. Researchers announced recently that as a result, Bottlenose dolphins in Louisiana's Barataria Bay are suffering from a host of maladies, including lung disease and adrenal problems. […]

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  • Cows Learn Better With Friends

    Cows Learn Better With Friends

    By Jason G. Goldman | February 28, 2014 |

    My schoolteachers took effort to separate close friends when arranging their classroom seating charts. The idea was that we'd pay more attention to our lessons if we were distracted by our buddies. Dairy cattle also tend to be separated from each other, but that may actually put them at a disadvantage. […]

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