Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel

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Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel

Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel

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If you've ever sat and admired Discovery Channel, been at the zoo and stared at the animals wondering what they were thinking or feeling, get this book. Because this book truly is beautiful. And moving. Because it allows us to see animals as intelligent beings with inner lives and emotions – even personalities. And those of us who have domestic pets, probably already know this. Even killer whales know how to teach their young exceptional dietary specialization. They have cooperative hunting techniques and are intensely social, while mothers contribute to the survival of the children. Even grandchildren – well after menopause.

The resource has been funded by the RCN Foundation and was initially launched in 2021 to develop a visual resource that guides people through the benefits and practical process of getting the vaccine against COVID-19. Now, it has been expanded to assist people with learning disabilities – and their families and carers – to have open conversations about the benefits of other vaccines for long-term health and wellbeing. Lo mejor de Mentes Maravillosas es que todos vamos a disfrutarlo: los científicos, los amantes de los animales, los que lo desconocen casi todo y aquellos a los que nunca les interesó saber. Resulta imposible simplificar cuánto aprendizaje se esconde sobre estas páginas. Nunca sospechábamos que los cuervos podían resolver puzzles complejos, que los lobos son los animales con la comunidad más humana posible, que los monos quedan cerca de un sentido de la estética, que los elefantes almancenan un conocimiento geográfico e histórico soberbio, o que las orcas parecen saber qué sienten los humanos y buscan constantemente la interacción con ellos. Algunas historias nos pondrán muy tristes cuando nos demos cuenta de la extinción a la que estamos conduciendo a estas especies. La gran mayoría de las narraciones nos dejarán asombrados al reconocer actuaciones y sentimientos nunca antes intuidos en los animales: justicia, sentido de la decisión, luto, deducción... Y si el libro es lo suficientemente largo y profuso en detalles, no hace sino aumentar nuestra sed de conocer más a medida que lo vamos leyendo. You want your doctor or social worker to be a good listener. Our stories told in pictures will help them explain things to you. Just as importantly our stories will help you to ask questions and be reassured that the professional understands your wishes and concerns. Professionals need to practice their listening skills. Our books will help them to listen to you. Sheila wanted people who are often excluded from ordinary life to benefit from having direct access to the books in their local library - just like Nigel was doing in his book club. This first Beyond Words book club was co-facilitated by Nigel and his wonderful support worker, Sonya, and thenSue Carmichael began to develop book clubs throughout Kent and to train people in other areas who wanted to learn from her experience. Sue remains in Kent to this day, developing and maintaining a large network of Beyond Words book clubs.Join Beyond Words’ afternoon book clubs to explore the magic of pictures for yourself. Beyond Words staff and self-advocates will lead on a series of small book clubs developing visual literacy, empathy and understanding of each other through reading their picture stories. The pandemic starkly highlighted the increased health risks for people with learning disabilities, but this vulnerability is a long-standing problem. Studies show that people with learning disabilities experience significant health inequalities, including poor quality healthcare that is responsible for avoidable hospitalisations and deaths. it's almost like four books in one, with elephants, wolves, and killer whales, plus an intermission to explore the validity of concepts like 'theory of mind' & 'mirror neurons' &etc.; Uno de los mayores errores del ser humano ha sido relegar a los animales a escalones inferiores, debido a la falta de sus capacidades para sentir y pensar igual que hacemos nosotros. Este brillante libro de Carl Safina viene a demostrarnos que el ser humano no es la medida de todas las cosas. Páginas llenas de ejemplo, estudios científicos y observaciones realizadas nos marcan una nueva dirección acerca de lo que no supimos ver antes sobre la mente animal.

To watch wild wolves is to recognize a kindred creature by turns riveting, horrifying, and admirable. It’s also to see how many of our dogs’ tendencies and talents were fully formed in the wild, and remain intact in our homes. Our Book Club in a Box project is the start of making our book clubs as accessible to create as they are to join. We know lots of people love our book clubs and want to bring them to a library, community space or group near them but aren’t sure where to begin. To help, we’ll be creating a book club starter kit featuring everything they need – from books to posters to start-up guides, as well as personal help from our small team – that can be posted out anywhere in the country. Much of the information on elephants, wolves, and killer whales was about their family lives and how they communicate. All three of these species have strong female leadership and lifelong bonds between mothers and their children. They also have systems of meaningful vocalization that probably can be considered language. Each member of each of these species is a distinct individual with personality characteristics very similar to those of humans. The details of their lives in the wild are fascinating. The details of their individual and large-scale murders by humans are horrifying. Beyond Words’ new two year project to support people with learning disabilities and autism to find work has been launched today, 13 December, by Damian Green, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.If you've studied Ethology (animal behavior) Biology or Zoology and all your life you've been told it goes against science to "anthropomorphize" get this book and realize why this is an archaic way of thinking. It’s too easy for a professional to assume that you won’t understand. It’s called ‘diagnostic overshadowing’ and it applies whether you have an illness like depression or whether you have heart disease. It’s when the health or care professional thinks that your worries, or your pain are due to your learning disability or because you’re an autistic person. Books Beyond Words is the name for our award-winning series of word-free picture stories that engage storytellers of all ages. We need to promote what people with learning disabilities can do… not what they can’t do. I think that booklet’s going to save many more lives”. The chapter on elephants is somewhat boring, but digestible. The chapters on wolves and killer whales are decent, but, sadly, not free of these rambling and sometimes ridiculous interpretations. The third chapter... I can't even tell what's it about; just random stuff, I assume.

I had already read some of the book's material in Frans de Waal's book Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?. De Waal also makes a strong case for animals and against humancentric schools of thought. When the War Cameis an expansion of Beyond Words’ previous short resource on the war in Ukraine. Continuing their work with Polish artist Lucyna Talejko-Kwiatkowska, they have produced a full-length picture story about a family from Ukraine who is forced to flee their home. The book is aimed at helping those fleeing unimaginable circumstances to begin to tell their own stories and talk about their feelings. It may also be useful to help build empathy and understanding amongst children and adults in countries welcoming refugees. As the story has no words, it can cross language barriers and be used in a wide variety of contexts. This book is dedicated to the people of Ukraine. Beverley Dawkins has worked alongside Alicia as interim Operations Director for the last six months and will be leaving us at the end of August. Beverley´s knowledge and experience has been invaluable in supporting us during this time and we are extremely grateful for her commitment to Beyond Words. Some of the conclusions drawn in reference to dog behavior are briefly referred to in Safina's book. Safina's book is less about scientific experiments. Safina's book is based on studies of animals in the wild and the resultant conclusions that can be drawn. At first, statements made had me asking, “Where is your proof?!” By the end I was totally in sync with what the author was stating. A better definition of species is offered here. "When free-living animals freely interbreed, they're the same species." According to that definition, there may be about a dozen species of killer whales.Il saggio che ho appena finito di leggere, è diviso i 4 parti e parla più nello specifico di 3 specie di animali: gli elefanti, i lupi e e orche. Ma non solo, vi è un excursus su molti altri animali, per esempio: i bonobo, gli scimpanzè, i topi, gli uccelli ecc... Some of our new graduates have decided to set up their own book club at City Lit, while some will also be setting up a book club at an organisation they attend near them. Learning from a group of Beyond Words trainers including people with learning disabilities, they have found out:

Most academics would not consider animals having an emotional capacity, but Safina believes these animals do. This may be controversial in nature. And the author realizes this. References: Department for Education (DfE)/Department of Health (DH) (2015) SEND Code of Practice: 0–25 years. London: DfE. Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)/Department for Education (DfE) (2017) Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision (Green Paper). London: DfE. Emerson, E. and Hatton, C. (2007) The Mental Health of Children and Adolescents with Learning Disabilities in Britain. London: Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities/ Lancaster University. Hollins, S., Roth, T. and Webb, B. (2015) Making Friends (2nd edn). London: Books Beyond Words. National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) (2008) Promoting Children’s Social and Emotional Wellbeing in Primary Education. London: NICE. In 2022, Nigel was awarded a Learning Disability National Leadership Award, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from Beyond Words.Beyond Words was awarded a National Learning Disability Award for its work on stories for Covid-19 and won the Patient Information Award from the British Medical Association for our book Having a Baby. Over a dozen essay-chapters for each of the three featured species on various topics makes for a nice level of depth and a delightful spectrum of examples of the amazing ways these animals are geniuses in their own lives and sensitive beings in their own ways. It was a great catch-up for me as I haven’t read much on animal behavior studies since syntheses by Jane Goodall on chimps, John Lilly on dolphins, and Barry Lopez on wolves some decades ago (recent exceptions being De Waal on primate empathy and Sapolsky on baboon societies). In example after example, we are shown how acts of individuals from these species bear resemblance in multiple ways to human behaviors associated with the full range of emotions: love, empathy, joy, envy, jealousy, pride, shame, pity, grief, and likely awe and magnanimity. One can never know what their true feelings are like since they can’t speak, but close analogy to the human forms is a simpler, even scientific, supposition compared to the alternative that they emerged in exalted form in humans and limited forms only in our “higher” primate cousins. Besides, these emotions as well as exalted cognitive feats of humans are often beyond characterization by language and mean different things to different people (e.g. is love more a state of freedom or dependence?). Just as with human families or tribes, elephant, wolf, and killer whale counterparts can be flexible in composition between strictly biological members or outsiders adopted into them.This book explores what possibilities lie in the brains of other animals, and what evidence we have for intelligence in other species. She concluded: “ This has empowered them to be able to help each other more. As part of further learning in our Healthy Minds sessions, the students have participated in role play activities on what to do if they think someone is feeling sad or lonely.” Since then, Lucyna and I have been meeting to discuss the changing perception of the war. We exchange our views on women who become ever so stronger in new environments. They work, they learn Polish, they raise children, they take on new jobs, they support each other and the elderly in need. Reading this book is like sitting down with a friend or relative (albeit a smart and well-traveled one!) and listening to him philosophize as he recounts experiences in the field with some of the world's leading researchers on the behavior of free roaming animals. Safina is entertaining and is not above using some punny humor, particularly in chapter titles. Some of the experiences are hard to read; nature can be cruel. Others are funny. Most all are fascinating.



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