Friday Animal Blog
August 26, 2011
Last week, I wrote about the fast-approaching event in our family: taking our daughter to college for the first time. That happened on Monday and Tuesday, and it was even more seismic than I’d anticipated -- literally.
Arrival at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, went extremely well on (more…)
August 19, 2011
For the third week running, chimpanzees are on my mind, as are the ways we humans construct similarities and differences between us and great apes. I’ve been thinking about how, for 20 years now, I’ve assigned in my Introduction to Biological Anthropology class Jane Goodall’s Through a Window-- and (more…)
August 12, 2011
Last week’s discussion in this space, “Are We Over-Connected to Chimpanzees,” worked just as I’d hoped. It brought in cogent comments about whether, and how, we humans tend towards inappropriate emotional connections with our closest living relatives, out of some misplaced sense of romanticism. The (more…)
August 5, 2011
For almost two months now, a comment made by the science writer Jon Cohen has been rattling around in my brain. Interviewed for an article about the film Rise of the Planet of the Apes- opening today- by USA Today's Dan Vergano, Cohen made a provocative observation.
Noting that the movie’ (more…)