Feral Children and Clever Animals

Feral Children and Clever Animals : Reflections on Human Nature

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What is it that sets us apart from the rest of the animal kingdom? What makes us unique? What makes us human? In this provocative book, Douglas Candland shows that as we begin to understand the way animals and non-speaking humans 'think', we hold up a mirror of sorts to our own mental world, and gain profound insights into human nature. Among the fascinating accounts of feral children and clever animals from which the book draws its arguments are the Wolf Girls of India, Victor, the Wild Boy of Aveyron, Kaspar Hauser, and 'Clever Hans', the German horse that could calculate square roots.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 152.4 x 238.76 x 38.1mm | 771.1g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • frontispiece, halftones, line figures, bibliography
  • 0195074688
  • 9780195074680

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... provides an enlightening analysis of language, intelligence, and learning... Scholarly and sensitive, this is absorbing reading. Booklist Original and entertaining. Kirkus Reviewsshow more

Table of contents

What Feral Children Tell Us: Nature and Nurture: Children without Human Parenting; Kaspar Hauser and the Wolf-Children; Four Psychologies; Thinking about the Mind; The Psychology of Psychoanalysis; Freud and Little Hans; The Psychology of Experimentalism and Behaviourism: Clever Hans and Lady Wonder; Experimentation and Experimenter: Clever Hans's Companions; The Psychology of Perceiving: Phenomenology and Ethology; The Mental Ladder: Peter and Moses, Chimpanzees Who Write; Exploiting the Missing Link; People and Apes Communicating: Raising Human Babies with Chimps: Donald, Gua, and Viki; Human and Ape Communication: Washoe, Koko, and Nim; Language and Meaning: Sarah and Lana, Sherman and Austin, Kanzi and Ai; Principles and Myths: Feral Children and Clever Animals; Postlude; Notes; References; Illustration Credits; Text Credits; Index.show more

About Douglas Keith Candland

About the Author Douglas Keith Candland is Professor of Psychology and Animal Behavior at Bucknell University. He has written for publications as diverse as The New Yorker and American Psychologist, and is the author of Psychology: The Experimental Approach (Second Edition, 1978), Emotion (1977), and Psychology (1962).show more

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43 ratings
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4 35% (15)
3 30% (13)
2 9% (4)
1 5% (2)
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