Humane Talk ™

Humane Talk features conversations with Thought Leaders in animal welfare, whose books or scientific studies focus on  practical and philosophical issues regarding society's attitudes and interactions with various non-human species. Discussions with members of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA) are about applying humane and ethical principles to the way veterinary medicine is practiced in America and around the world, on animals used in research, food production, and pharmacology as well as companion animals.Interviews with social scientists and authors focus on the emotional and social lives of creatures other than human. [Please note: conversations with Wayne Pacelle, the CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, were previously recorded in 2012 and 2013. Please visit humanesociety.org for more up-to-date information.]

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Are You Smarter Than A Reptile?

Humane Talk (08-17-2015) #8048: “Are You Smarter than a Reptile?” Dr. William Miller (author of this article with that title and the book The Microcosm Within: Evolution and Extinction in the Hologenome) wants us to consider the complexity, intelligence and survival skills of creatures we have deemed to be lower on a scale of intelligence or importance to ourselves. However, creatures from birds to bees and ants to fish have language, an emotional life, navigational brilliance and the skills to have survived for millenia — calling into question our definition of intelligence and assumption of superiority.