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The creative lives of animals  Cover Image Book Book

The creative lives of animals / Carol Gigliotti.

Gigliotti, Carol, (author.).

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  • ISBN: 9781479815449
  • ISBN: 1479815446
  • Physical Description: 289 pages ; 23 cm
  • Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2022].

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Animals as creative beings -- Animal intelligence: pigeons and higher math -- Communication Unlimited: do not ask what that prairie dog is saying about you -- Play as a creative source: finding your inner kea -- Creating built environments: nests, lodges, bowers, avenues, tunnels, and hives -- Sexual exuberance: ratchet-pointing, water dancing, and same-sex enjoyment -- Emotional agency: the empathy of chickens -- Culture across species: tools, songs, and moral codes of conduct -- Creativity has its reasons.
Summary, etc.:
"Most of us view animals through a very narrow lens, seeing only bits and pieces of beings that seem mostly peripheral to our lives. However, whether animals are building a shelter, seducing a mate, or inventing a new game, animals' creative choices affect their social, cultural, and environmental worlds. The Creative Lives of Animals offers readers intimate glimpses of creativity in the lives of animals, from elephants to alligators to ants. Drawing on a growing body of scientific research, Carol Gigliotti unpacks examples of creativity demonstrated by animals through the lens of the creative process, an important component of creative behavior, and offers new thinking on animal intelligence, emotion, and self-awareness. With examples of the elaborate dams built by beavers or the lavishly decorated bowers of bowerbirds, Gigliotti provides a new perspective on animals as agents in their own lives, as valuable contributors to their world and ours, and as guides in understanding how creativity may contribute to conserving the natural world. Presenting a powerful argument for the importance of recognizing animals as individuals and as creators of a healthy, biodiverse world, this book offers insights into both the established and emerging questions about the creativity of animals."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Animal behavior.
Nature conservation.
Animal behavior.
Genre: Creative nonfiction.

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