[UCP Books]: Deep Thinkers: Inside the Minds of Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises, edited by Janet Mann

"Everything you always wanted to know about cetaceans and their intelligence captured here in a single beautiful volume by some of the world’s greatest experts. The natural behavior of these animals is extremely hard to study. What we have learned is not only astonishing but also humbling."

Frans de Waal,
author of Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?




Inside the Minds of Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises
Edited by Janet Mann


Publication Date: 23 October 2017 192 pages | 150 color plates | 8 x 10 | ISBN-13: 978-0-226-38747-5 | Cloth $35.00



In this beautifully illustrated, mind-expanding book, celebrated cetacean biologist Janet Mann—whose own research on the dolphin residents of Monkey Mia and Shark Bay, Australia, has helped illuminate their unique habit of using sponges as tools when fishing—gathers some of the world’s leading thinkers on dry land to ponder the great thinkers beneath the waves. Diving into our current understanding of and dynamic research on dolphin and whale cognition, communication, and culture, Deep Thinkers reveals how incredibly sophisticated these mammals are—and how much we can learn about other animal minds, including our own, by studying cetacean behavior. More than this, Deep Thinkers reminds us of the far-reaching ramifications of our own behaviors in the lives of these extraordinary—and extraordinarily intelligent—creatures.

Janet Mann is professor of biology and psychology at Georgetown University. She is coeditor of Cetacean Societies: Field Studies of Dolphins and Whales, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Please contact Nicholas Lilly at 773.702.7490 or nlilly@uchicago.edu for more information.


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