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The Thoughtful Animal

The Thoughtful Animal

Exploring the evolution and architecture of the mind

Photoblogging: Secretary Bird

Photoblogging: Secretary Bird

Photo taken October 11, 2013 at the San Diego Zoo with a Canon 60D and Canon 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 telephoto zoom lens.

November 17, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
Photoblogging: Portrait of a Meerkat

Photoblogging: Portrait of a Meerkat

Meerkats are one of the few other species in the animal kingdom that has something close to human-like teaching. Read about it in an old piece of mine at BBC Future: Pay attention… time for lessons at animal school Photo taken October 11, 2013 at the San Diego Zoo with a Canon 60D and Canon [...]

November 10, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
Watch Me Talk Dolphin on @TakePartLive Tonight

Watch Me Talk Dolphin on @TakePartLive Tonight

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.

October 30, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman

You Can Run But You Can’t Hide (From Predators)

Probably the worst thing to happen to you, if you’re an animal playing the game of life, is to be eaten by some bigger beast. If you’ve already managed to successfully reproduce by then, as far as evolution is concerned, maybe it’s OK for you to shuffle off that mortal coil.

October 29, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
The Birds in my Backyard

The Birds in my Backyard

I'm an animal behavior expert and I've lived in Los Angeles all my life. Why don't I know the birds in my backyard? In my latest piece, at Zocalo Public Square, I argue that I should know who my wildlife neighbors are, and that understanding our natural world can create a better human community, too.

October 22, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman

Photoblogging: Airborne Pelicans

It’s interesting what a small change in wing position does to a photo of a single bird. In this first photo of a Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, the forward bend in the wings gives the bird a magnificent, almost regal quality.

October 13, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman

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