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Are we smart enough to know how smart animals are?

Dr. Frans de Waal has spent a career trying to understand the mental abilities of animals, and finds we've underestimated how smart they really are.

Eminent primatologist Frans de Waal explores the minds of animals

A bonobo fishing for termites at the San Diego Zoo (Mike Richey, cc-by-sa-2.5)
Dr. Franz de Waal has spent his career trying to get inside the minds of animals. He's done ground-breaking work, largely with chimpanzees and monkeys, trying to understand how their minds are similar to, and different from ours, and working out the continuum of animal intelligence.
But this is not an easy task. And in his new book, Dr. de Waal explores some of the pitfalls, as well as the successes, we've encountered in trying to understand the minds of animals. The book is called, Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

Dr. de Waal is Professor of Psychology at Emory University and director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?
- Yerkes National Primate Research Center