HFFC Science Readers: Hard Science and Squishy Science: Do animals mourn?

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Every 4th Monday of the month until July 21, 2019

Silver Star Diner

210 Connecticut Ave · Norwalk, CT

How to find us

From I-95 southbound Exit 14, turn right. Silver Star is across the street.

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6:30 pm social time; 7:00 pm discussion/presentation.

Hi, Science Readers.
Last month we discussed neutron stars and black holes; John Theys had to translate mathematics to words to clarify the concepts for us, which he did extremely well.
I think of that as “hard science.”
This month let’s do squishy science: science that engages our emotions, and perhaps overstates its findings.

Do animals mourn? Review the evidence. Then ask yourself, the skeptic, what we really mean by mourning. Does it involve the actual concept that other beings die? or is it simply that the loss of the relationship causes emotional pain in the animal, and they seek to somehow undo the loss that they have experienced, to stop the pain.

I think a major difference between humans and very advanced animals is that we know that all animals* die…and they don’t.

So read how Barbara J. King views animal mourning in two articles in Scientific American: (If you haven't received the articles via our hffcct listserver, you can email [masked] with "Mourn" in Subject line.)
I hope to hear your rational and emotional reactions to this concept at Science Readers this month, on Monday, June 24, 2019 at the Silver Star Diner in Norwalk. Come at 6:30 to eat and socialize, at 7:00 PM to discuss the article.

best wishes, Ruth L.

*single cell guys excepted