Alex & Me: How A Scientist And A Parrot Discovered A Hidden World Of Animal Intelligence--And Formed A Deep Bond In The Process
  • Alex & Me: How A Scientist And A Parrot Discovered A Hidden World Of Animal Intelligence--And Formed A Deep Bond In The Process
  • Alex & Me: How A Scientist And A Parrot Discovered A Hidden World Of Animal Intelligence--And Formed A Deep Bond In The Process
  • Alex & Me: How A Scientist And A Parrot Discovered A Hidden World Of Animal Intelligence--And Formed A Deep Bond In The Process
ISBN: 0061673986
EAN13: 9780061673986
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 1, 2009
Pages: 232
Dimensions: 0.7" H x 8.01" L x 5.33" W
Weight: 0.87 lbs.
Format: Paperback

Alex & Me: How A Scientist And A Parrot Discovered A Hidden World Of Animal Intelligence--And Formed A Deep Bond In The Process

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On September 6, 2007, an African Grey parrot named Alex died prematurely at age thirty-one. His last words to his owner, Irene Pepperberg, were You be good. I love you.

What would normally be a quiet, very private event was, in Alex's case, headline news. Over the thirty years they had worked together, Alex and Irene had become famous--two pioneers who opened an unprecedented window into the hidden yet vast world of animal minds. Alex's brain was the size of a shelled walnut, and when Irene and Alex first met, birds were not believed to possess any potential for language, consciousness, or anything remotely comparable to human intelligence. Yet, over the years, Alex proved many things. He could add. He could sound out words. He understood concepts like bigger, smaller, more, fewer, and none. He was capable of thought and intention. Together, Alex and Irene uncovered a startling reality: We live in a world populated by thinking, conscious creatures.

The fame that resulted was extraordinary. Yet there was a side to their relationship that never made the papers. They were emotionally connected to one another. They shared a deep bond far beyond science. Alex missed Irene when she was away. He was jealous when she paid attention to other parrots, or even people. He liked to show her who Read More chevron_right

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