From Alex's first words to his sudden death, "Alex & Me" tells the story of a delightful and mischievous parrot who rocked the scientific establishment. Yet his real story can't be found in any science journal--the story of a relationship, with its affection, jealousy, and lifelong rewards. 8-page photo insert.From Alex's first words to his sudden death, "Alex & Me" tells the story of a delightful and mischievous parrot who rocked the scientific establishment. Yet his real story can't be found in any science journal--the story of a relationship, with its affection, jealousy, and lifelong rewards. 8-page photo insert.Read Less
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Alex was much more than a "bird brain", leaning many words and labels for items. The author's research is fascinating too. Well written, I enjoyed this book very much.
Feb 12, 2009
Animals and Us
Those of us who live with animals understand that there is a communication between them and us. But it is often hard to interpret their language. Pepperberg has done what seems impossible--to teach the animal to use our language since we are not intelligent enough to understand theirs. It is a book that can be appreciated for its scientific importance and for the confirmation that all animal lovers need--we and they are one; we are creatures of nature as are they. But, in addition, it teaches us that our intelligence is not unique and that we share more with them than many of us thought. And have a lot more to learn.
Jan 18, 2009
Alex and Me
I?ve been caught up with Irene Pepperberg?s work with Alex since 1985, when, in a course on communication between humans and other animals, I saw a mind-bending black and white video of one of their teaching sessions. Her scientific papers and summary book, The Alex Studies: Cognitive and Communicative Abilities of Grey Parrots, show the careful step-by-step progression of vocabulary and concept development in superstar Alex and the other parrots?highly convincing and important work.
I?ve been hoping, though, that she would also write a book for lay readers, for Alex and his teacher have a legion of fans and a further legion of potential new fans. Alex and Me fills that place and tells the personal and emotional story of the bond between teacher and taught, the sometimes frightening insecurity within the university and grant-dependent systems, as well as the significant accomplishments of their years of work together. Now that Alex has met his untimely death, followed by much collective grief and an international mass requiem of articles and obituaries in the major papers, Pepperberg will go on with other parrots.
I hope that Alex and his parrot colleagues will continue to be a rallying point for the celebration of the abilities of an able brain that Pepperberg describes as ?smaller than a shelled walnut.? If you love other stories of animal intelligence and especially the other accessible books about animal-human communication research, Kanzi, Next of Kin, and The Education of Koko, you?ll love Alex and Me, too. Highly recommended.
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