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The Unexpected Truth About Animals

Author : Lucy Cooke
ISBN : 9781473541498
Genre : Nature
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Shortlisted for the 2018 Royal Society Investment Science Book Prize 'Endlessly fascinating.' - Bill Bryson 'Eye-opening, informative and very funny!' - Chris Packham 'Well-informed and downright funny' - Richard Dawkins History is full of strange animal stories invented by the brightest and most influential, from Aristotle to Disney. But when it comes to understanding animals, we’ve got a long way to go. Whether we’re watching a viral video of romping baby pandas or looking at a picture of penguins ‘holding hands’, we often project our own values – innocence, abstinence, hard work – onto animals. So you’ve probably never considered that moose get drunk and that penguins are notorious cheats. In The Unexpected Truth About Animals Zoologist Lucy unravels many such myths – that eels are born from sand, that swallows hibernate under water, and that bears gave birth to formless lumps that are licked into shape by their mothers – to show that the stories we create reveal as much about us as they do about the animals. Astonishing, illuminating and laugh-out-loud funny.
Category: Nature

The Truth About Animals

Author : Lucy Cooke
ISBN : 9780465094653
Genre : Science
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Mary Roach meets Bill Bryson in this "surefire summer winner" (Janet Maslin, New York Times), an uproarious tour of the basest instincts and biggest mysteries of the animal world Humans have gone to the Moon and discovered the Higgs boson, but when it comes to understanding animals, we've still got a long way to go. Whether we're seeing a viral video of romping baby pandas or a picture of penguins "holding hands," it's hard for us not to project our own values--innocence, fidelity, temperance, hard work--onto animals. So you've probably never considered if moose get drunk, penguins cheat on their mates, or worker ants lay about. They do--and that's just for starters. In The Truth About Animals, Lucy Cooke takes us on a worldwide journey to meet everyone from a Colombian hippo castrator to a Chinese panda porn peddler, all to lay bare the secret--and often hilarious--habits of the animal kingdom. Charming and at times downright weird, this modern bestiary is perfect for anyone who has ever suspected that virtue might be unnatural.
Category: Science

The Truth About Animal Builders

Author : Bernard Stonehouse
ISBN : 0439543282
Genre : Nature
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Discover the secrets and myths about animal builders, how and why animals fit into categories based on how they build places to live.
Category: Nature

The Truth About Animal Senses

Author : Bernard Stonehouse
ISBN : 0439518075
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Discover the secrets and myths about animal senses. From the simplest amoeba to the brightest ape, learn the simple truths about how animals operate.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Killers In Africa

Author : Alexander Lake
ISBN : UOM:39015022678497
Genre : Nature
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Category: Nature

Friend Or Foe

Author : Etta Kaner
ISBN : 1445147475
Genre : Animal behavior
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Imagine this: You're playing a computer game when a spider drops onto your screen. "Aah!" you scream as you fling your device across the room. "What's the big deal?" asks your sister. "Spiders are fab. Have you ever watched a spider spin a web? Do you know that spiders can..." You can't believe it. Your sister loves spiders! Then you realise that even though many people are afraid of snakes, you think they're cool. When you think about it, people have different points of view about lots of animals. Bloodsucking leeches may scare the pants off you, but doctors around the world are big fans of these medical marvels. What about cockroaches? scurrying, dirty pests, right? Or could they actually be a solution to global hunger? You'll get a chance to decide when you check out these and other animals explored in this book. On the one hand you'll find arguments trying to convince you that these animals are disgusting, mean, dangerous or smelly. On the other hand you'll hear about how these very same animals are clever, helpful to humans and the environment and an inspiration to scientists. Though each side is telling the truth, both are trying to persuade you to agree with their point of view. Find out how you feel about animals that people love to hate - are they friend or foe? Aimed at children aged 8+.
Category: Animal behavior

Power Knowledge Animals

Author : L. Johnson
ISBN : 9781137284174
Genre : Philosophy
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This work contributes to the development of a theoretical context of the politics of truth about animals. By applying and extending Foucault's theory of power, this work uncovers dominant and subjugated discourses about animals and describes power-knowledge associated with statements about animals that are understood to convey true things.
Category: Philosophy

The Face On Your Plate The Truth About Food

Author : Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
ISBN : 9780393073508
Genre : Philosophy
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“It’s a challenge to create transformative moments with books, but [Masson] does it.”—Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times In this revelatory work, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson shows how food affects our moral selves, our health, and our planet. Masson investigates how denial keeps us from recognizing the animal at the end of our fork and urges readers to consciously make decisions about food.
Category: Philosophy