REFLECTIONS OF THE ANIMAL MIND

June 3, 2007 § Leave a comment

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The Face in the Mirror: Reflections of the Animal Mind

Do other animals share with us a sense of self? How big and complex a brain does it take to recognize that the one staring back at you in a mirror – is you! Diana Reiss, cognitive psychologist at Hunter College and senior research scientist at Wildlife Conservation Society presents her compelling work showing that dolphins and elephants, along with great apes and humans are members of an exclusive club whose members recognize themselves.

And can elephants make art and music? We’ll explore this question with a brand-new video of musician Dave Soldier teaching and conducting the Thai Elephant Orchestra, and a presentation of elephant art by David Ferris, director of the Asian Elephant Art & Conservation Project.

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