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The Primate Diaries

Reflections in the Monkey House

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After a year of collaborative work it is time to reflect and give thanks. Won’t you join us? Today marks the one year anniversary of The Primate Diaries in its latest incarnation here at the Scientific American blog network as well as my collaboration with the artist, and fellow primate, Nathaniel Gold. Anniversaries are important [...]

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The Primate Diaries

Throwing Rocks From the Shores of the Cosmic Ocean

"Father and Son" by Nathaniel Gold

I’m teaching my son to think like a scientist. He is two years old. We frequently go for walks together through the woods and along the coastlines of British Columbia where I allow his curiosity to run free. His current research project is throwing rocks into the ocean (this is just the exploratory phase mind [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Talking Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria

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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), [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Best of March, 2014

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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 [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Catching Up: Mind-Reading, Trophy Hunting, Dolfriends

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Just a reminder that I also write elsewhere on the internet. In particular, you can regularly find me at BBC Future and at Conservation Magazine. Here are a few links to recent pieces that readers of this blog might find interesting. At BBC Future, a three-part series on mind-reading: Can this sneaky chimp read minds? [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

The Animal Lover’s Gift Guide

“Two chimps had been shut out of their shelter by mistake during a cold rain storm. They were standing dejected, water streaming down their shivering bodies, when Professor Köhler chanced to pass.” Upon opening the door for the two chimps, Dr. James Leuba recounts, “instead of scampering in without more ado, as many a child [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Watch Me Talk Dolphin on @TakePartLive Tonight

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I’ll be on participating in a panel about dolphins, animals in captivity, and the award-winning documentary The Cove tonight. Catch it on Take Part Live on the Pivot channel at 9pm Pacific/12am Eastern.

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The Thoughtful Animal

When A Komodo Dragon Caused A Salmonella Outbreak in a Bunch of Kids

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When we get infected by salmonella, it usually comes from things like undercooked meat or contaminated eggs. Sometimes, it comes from sharing germs with Komodo dragons, as some Colorado children found out in 1996. Read about this surprising origin for a salmonella outbreak in my latest piece at Nautilus Magazine: The Near-Mythical Beast That Spread [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Depth Perception Didn’t Evolve for Watching The Avengers in 3D

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Our ability to perceive all three dimensions, due in part to having two eyes on the front of our heads with overlapping visual fields, allows us to enjoy 3D summer blockbusters, but may have originally evolved for a simpler purpose: avoiding falling to our deaths. If you’re going to be able to effectively navigate the [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

The Doctor Is In

Original image by Charles M. Schulz/Peanuts.

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The Thoughtful Animal

The Thoughtful Animal, Now With More MIND

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Changes are afoot around here! Six new blogs were launched today, which when combined with the previously-existing Sci Am psychology and neuroscience bloggers, form the new Scientific American MIND Blog Network. What does it mean for this blog? Nothing has changed. All the current feeds and links will remain as they are – instead, you’ll [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

You’re Not As Special As You Think

After being knocked out for a week by a flu (don’t procrastinate on those vaccines, like I did) and coming back to a veritable avalanche of new data and (American) Thanksgiving, things are a little busy around here. So, to keep you busy between carving up turkeys and decorating with gourds, and because I haven’t [...]

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