BRILLIANT MINDS OF THE ANIMAL KINGDOM EPISODE 3
Do animals speak? Do barks, chirps, and squeaks actually have a meaning? Or is language one of the pillars of human nature, and a clear distinguishing feature of our species?
Studies of how capable animals are at imitating human language patterns always conclude with the same thing: some are pretty good, but they are greatly limited both by their physiology and the fact that they are just not human. These experiments, while fascinating, reveal an important bias in the way we have studied animals for centuries- through the human lens, judging their genius by human standards. More recently, scientists have taken a deeper interest in analyzing animal communication as it occurs in the wild. By giving the same weight to animal exchanges as we do to human language, they have opened up a fascinating world of complex communication through both verbal and non verbal means. Today we’ll be talking to Eva Meijer, who argues that animal communications do indeed constitute different forms of language and that if we listen carefully, we’ll discover a world buzzing with informational exchanges across the animal kingdom.
You can purchase Eva's book here: https://www.amazon.com/Animal-Languages-Revealing-secret-conversations/dp/147367767X
All music was provided and made by KON Sci of MindsOne “The Crichton Beat Tape”. You can find more of their work here: www.mindsone.bandcamp.com