Barbara J. King

Friday Animal Blog

Conference Week

September 24, 2010

Friday Animal Blog is conferencing this week in Massachusetts. I'll see you next week.

Part Machine and Entirely Animal

September 17, 2010

Iíve been preparing for a seminar to be held next week at the Oakley Center for the Humanities & Social Sciences at Williams College in Massachusetts. Along with a small group of other professors and writers, Iíve been invited to travel to Williams to consider the topic of post-humanism.

Truth be told, I (more…)

Reading Apes

September 10, 2010

On Tuesday, Sara Gruenís new novel Ape House came out, and I bought a copy even before the Williamsburg Barnes & Noble store had moved it onto their shelves. (A kind employee disappeared into the stock room and retrieved one for me).

Much of the buzz for this book derives from the (more…)

Curiosity: Dolphins, Chimpanzees, and the New School Year

September 3, 2010

This week a friend in Florida sent me a video clip about dolphins that Iíve watched with delight multiple times now. Itís been around a whileóso much for thinking I keep on top of all the breaking animal-behavior news!!óbut even if youíve seen it before, itís worth another (more…)

Selected Works

Nonfiction
Why are animals so irresistible to us? Why do we live with and care so deeply about them? From the famous "art caves" of ice-age Europe, to the ancient villages where animals were first domesticated, to stories of apes, whales, dogs, and cats doing fascinating things today, King weaves together a scenario about the animal-human bond that encompasses our past, present and future.
Can scientists discover a prehistory of religion just as they have traced the evolution of technology, language, and art? What does compassion in chimpanzees, or burial patterns in our human ancestors and Neanderthals, tell us about the origins of religion? In Evolving God, named a Top Ten Religion Book for 2007 by the American Library Association, Barbara King explores these questions.
How do chimpanzees, bonobos, and gorillas-- the African apes -- communicate using body postures and gestures? Using her many years of experience studying these apes, Barbara King answers this question in a book that offers a new perspective on the evolution of language.