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Dr. Marc Bekoff
 Interview: Dr. Marc Bekoff
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Do animals mourn the loss of their mates? When a human child fell into the gorilla enclosure at the Brookfield zoo in 1996, why did a mother gorilla named Binti protect and cradle the child and help return him to the zoo staff? This week on Skepticality, Swoopy talks with Dr. Marc Bekoff, Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado and author of Wild Justice. His book examines the differences—and startling similarities—between the observed morality and emotions of human and non-human animals. Marrying years of behavioral and cognitive research with compelling and moving anecdotes, Dr. Bekoff and his co-author Jessica Pierce reveal that animals exhibit a broad repertoire of moral behaviors, including fairness, empathy, trust, and reciprocity. Underlying these behaviors is a complex and nuanced range of emotions, backed by a high degree of intelligence and surprising behavioral flexibility.
Show Notes


Date -July 28th, 2009 read by Derek, as harassed by Swoopy.

Swoopy makes Derek say “drinky poo”. Hilarious.
Collective nouns for groups of things are usually amusing.
Are a group of Skeptics a “pub”?
Swoopy has a Skeptical confession.
Music- Bach, Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
You too can order woo jewelry from the Nahziryah Monastic Community.
Help join Tim Farley and Daniel Loxton in the Fix Wikipedia project.
Some of the articles that need citations include:
Joe Nickell
Ray Hyman
Barry Beyerstein
Daniel Loxton
Wikipedia has some fairly staunch rules about editing and style. Please be careful.
We have TAM 7 interviews coming up with Ray Hyman, and Jennifer Ouellette.
Due to his chemotherapy schedule James Randi will not be at Dragon*Con 2009.
Also Dr. Karen Stollznow will be missing Dragon*Con this year, she will be missed.
We just received word via Twitter that Adam Savage is planning to come to Dragon*Con.

Audio – Swoopy talks to Adam Savage at TAM 6 (snippet).
Dragon*Con happens every Labor Day weekend in Atlanta, GA.
Swoopy makes it known that she prefers animals to most people.
In the field of evolutionary biology, one of the exciting areas of study is ethology.
Marc Bekoff Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Some pioneering biologists and ethologists include:
Jane Goodall
Dian Fossey
Karl von Frisch
EO Wilson and of course Richard Dawkins.
Dr. Bekoff’s most recent book is Wild Justice co-authored with Jessica Pierce, Ph.D.
sound effect – Ari, snorting French Bulldog.
Anthropomorphism as comparitive research and anecdotes has a place in ethology.
Marc writes a regular column for Psychology Today.
Another of Marc’s books is Minding Animals: Awareness, Emotions, and Heart.
There are distinct differences betweenPETA and EETA.
Some alternative methods for utilizing animals in research are more compassionate.
You can find out more about Marc Bekoff at his websiite.

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