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a theory of mind

I think that, to fully grasp the scope and power of play, we need to go beyond ourselves, to learn to include other, stranger players. Some of the teachers who have helped me understand the true breadth of the field of play are students of animal behavior. People like Marc Bekoff and Jonathan Balcombe, for example, who help…

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animals, pleasure and fun

Ethologist Jonathan Balcombe, a scientist and teacher who writes clearly and often passionately about the emotional life of animals, has written another important piece sharing his insights about the strong possibility that animals experience pleasure. Because he is a scientist, and only reluctantly accepted by the scientific community as a legitimate scholar and researcher, he doesn’t…

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animal play

In his blog, One Green Planet, Jonathan Balcombe writes: “Have you ever gazed thoughtfully up at the vast night sky and wondered: ‘Are we alone?’ Well, wonder no more, because we’re not alone. We live among an astonishing array of consciously aware, emotional life-forms right here on this one green planet.” In that post, he includes…

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In defense of animal mind

We have been following Jonathan Balcombe‘s compassionate journey into the soul of the animal kingdom with deep interest. His efforts to reveal the emotional depth of the lives of animals deepen our connection to all of life, and enhance our ability to experience the shared delight of being. Today, he shares with us a recent…

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more animal fun

As you unavoidably concluded from my post about Jonathan Balcombe’s beautiful, and moving Exultant Ark, I believe his exploration of animal emotions to be of great value to anyone who loves life. Balcombe’s ideas have recently received another public revival in a recent interview he did with Wired magazine, appearing in their article: How to Have…

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