A New York Times bestseller: "A passionate and convincing case for the sophistication of nonhuman minds." â€”Alison Gopnik, The Atlantic
Hailed as a classic, Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? explores the oddities and complexities of animal cognitionâ€”in crows, dolphins, parrots, sheep, wasps, bats, chimpanzees, and bonobosâ€”to reveal how smart animals really are, and how weâ€™ve underestimated their abilities for too long. Did you know that octopuses use coconut shells as tools, that elephants classify humans by gender and language, and that there is a young male chimpanzee at Kyoto University whose flash memory puts that of humans to shame? Fascinating, entertaining, and deeply informed, de Waalâ€™s landmark work will convince you to rethink everything you thought you knew about animalâ€”and humanâ€”intelligence.