So What Makes You So Special: What Other Animals Appear to Think

So What Makes You So Special: What Other Animals Appear to Think

A list by Mikki, Customer Service Specialist Substitute
December 29th, 2017

These books allow us to get a glimpse into how other creatures commnicate, what they know how to do, and what they might think.


Godfrey-Smith gives examples from research and extrapolates the origins of consciousness and the implications of other creatures having similar and dissimilar consciousness in reference to humans.

Montgomery's scientific knowledge and personal experience make an already interesting creature mind-blowing.

Through different mammals, Safina shows us how their lives can look just as socially complex as ours.

"The Gifts of the Crow" uses funny and touching stories as well as interesting research to illustrate how crows and ravens exhibit eight intelligence traits: language, delinquency, insight, frolic, passion, wrath, risk-taking, and awareness. The writing makes this book move quickly, and the illustrations are peerless.

Shivik offers a brief history of the study of animal behavior, some current research, and an examination of how evolution selects for different personality traits. The examples illustrate how cooperating is something that all species do and how nature selects for diversity to perpetuate species.

This book explores the relationship between the author and her hawk, English literature, and the current political landscape in Great Britain. Her writing elicits powerful images and questions.

I was so taken by MacDonald's writing that I had to read this book which offers more insights into how humans are interacting with other creatures. She shows us how sometimes our imaginations get in the way of our seeing other animals.

Yong writes engagedly and presents many interesting animals as well as the researchers who study and even designed instruments to study animal senses. It is humbling.

Haskell's eloquent and penetrating observations offer a glimpse into how such a small space can contain so much life. His words mirror the forest's beauty, and the science reveals our dependence on our ecosystems.

Haskell's poetic language gives us insight into the unique beauty of particular trees, and the science and sociology reveal the importance of those trees to their locations.

Simard presents how she pursued studying trees, the setbacks she faced, and the astonishing and influential results of her research. Her work demonstrates how trees communicate with each other and assist other creatures.

Beresford-Kroeger's personal history, intellectual development, and eventual influence on boreal forests make a fascinating and surprisingly quick read. Her call to her fellow humans to work with the trees around us is profound.