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The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter than You Think
In the past decade, we have learned more about how dogs think than in the last century. Breakthroughs in cognitive science, pioneered by Brian Hare have proven dogs have a kind of genius for getting along with people that is unique in the animal kingdom.
Brian Hare's stunning discovery is that when dogs domesticated themselves as early as 40,000 years ago they became far more like human infants than their wolf ancestors. Domestication gave dogs a whole new kind of social intelligence. This finding will change the way we think about dogs and dog training—indeed, the revolution has already begun.
Brian's seminal research has led him to work with every kind of dog from the tiniest shelter puppy to the exotic New Guinea singing dog, from his own childhood dog, Oreo, to the most fashionable schnoodle. The Genius of Dogs is nothing less than the definitive dog book of our time by the researcher who started a revolution.
About Brian Hare
Brian Hare is associate professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University and a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, which is a division of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. He is also the founder of the Duke Canine Cognition Center. Brian has published dozens of empirical articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals including Proceedings of the Royal Society, Current Biology, Nature Neuroscience, Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PLOS Biology, Animal Behaviour, Animal Cognition and the Journal of Comparative Psychology. His publications on dog cognition are among the most heavily cited papers on dog behavior and intelligence.
Frans de Waal, C. H. Candler Professor of Primate Behavior
Frans de Waal is a Dutch-American biologist who has been named among Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. The author of Our Inner Ape among many other works, Frans is the C. H. Candler Professor of Primate Behavior at Emory University and director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes Primate Center. His newest book, The Bonobo and the Atheist, is featured at this year’s book festival.