Veterinary Medicine Volume 13

Veterinary Medicine Volume 13

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...who does not acknowledge it, will always be a failure with horses, whether as sportsman, equestrian, or veterinarian. The man who possesses it will never be able to keep away from horses. To love horses overmuch, however, is an obstacle to handling them in a commercial way. If we add to these traits of loving horses and of inflexible will that of a bachelor recluse, we have the character of von Osten. His idea was to test horse intelligence not by the traditional training but by affording the same education that is given to man, so far as possible. The proposition is extremely simple: if man's acquisition of education is the proof of his intelligence, then another animal which proves itself capable of assimilating the same education must be taken to be intelligent also. Academic d'scussion as to what intelligence may be is thus, for the time, eliminated. The plain syllogism, above stated, is the one to which von Osten devoted his strength and the later years of his life. Like the first Might of the Wright brothers or the voyage of Columbus, a slight accident might have deranged all plans, and the future of knowledge been deprived of its due, until a substitute should offer to begin all over again. The premature death of Kluger Hans (who may be still living, so far as the present writer knows) might have shipwrecked bright hopes; the prejudices of German professors nearly did so. At this point, Karl Krall. of Elberfeld, came upon the scene and, by his great acumen and untiring devotion, put the movement on a basis of solid, scientific record. Necessarily, the account here offered must be brief. The complete history is of intense interest, and the best that can lie done is to give glimpses here and there, while the public hopes for the...show more

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  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 29mm | 989g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236881222
  • 9781236881229