Mama's Last Hug

Mama's Last Hug

Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves

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"New York Times best-selling author and primatologist Frans de Waal explores the fascinating world of animal and human emotions. Frans de Waal has spent four decades at the forefront of animal research. Following up on the best-selling Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?, which investigated animal intelligence, Mama's Last Hug delivers a fascinating exploration of the rich emotional lives of animals. Mama's Last Hug begins with the death of Mama, a chimpanzee matriarch who formed a deep bond with biologist Jan van Hooff. When Mama was dying, van Hooff took the unusual step of visiting her in her night cage for a last hug. Their goodbyes were filmed and went viral. Millions of people were deeply moved by the way Mama embraced the professor, welcoming him with a big smile while reassuring him by patting his neck, in a gesture often considered typically human but that is in fact common to all primates. This story and others like it form the core of de Waal's argument, showing that humans are not the only species with the capacity for love, hate, fear, shame, guilt, joy, disgust, and empathy. De Waal discusses facial expressions, the emotions behind human politics, the illusion of free will, animal sentience, and, of course, Mama's life and death. The message is one of continuity between us and other species, such as the radical proposal that emotions are like organs: we don't have a single organ that other animals don't have, and the same is true for our emotions. Mama's Last Hug opens our hearts and minds to the many ways in which humans and other animals are connected, transforming how we view the living world around us." -- Description provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780393635065
Branch Call Number: 599.885 Wa
Characteristics: viii, 326 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Jul 25, 2020

The title says it all. This book ought to be required reading for all students(possibly age 10) with class discussion with a specialist in the subject.
Also for all those working with animals!

Sep 18, 2019

"Mama's Last Hug", "Are We Smart Enough To Know How Smart Animals Are", and "Chimpanzee Politics" are eye-openers in more than one way. All by the same author, published over a time of over 30 years. Watching some TED-talks by Frans de Waal will also not disappoint/.

Aug 11, 2019

I would recommend this to anyone wanting to better understand animals, especially primates. It includes an explanation of what "alpha male" truly means.

Jun 03, 2019

This book provides fantastic powerful supports to the idea that all lives on the Earth are somewhat connected. We human are not that “advanced” and other animals are not that “inferior,” so each life and each perseppective require equal respects.


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