Hugh Bollinger
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The Dolphin in the Mirror

The Dolphin in the Mirror is a newly published book by marine mammal researcher Diana Reiss, dolphin research director at Baltimore's National Aquarium. Her radio interview on the Diane Rehm Show was an excellent introduction to marine mammal intelligence and issues of dolphin conservation worldwide. It is well worth capturing the podcast for later listening. In particular, the interview focused on self recognition in dolphins-- one of the cognitive psychological keys to an animals intelligence --and the dolphins ability to understand and navigate a computer keyboard using graphic symbols to communicate their needs and interests. What we do to protect these big-brained mammals will say a lot about who has the real intelligence and ability to show compassion towards other self-aware sentient beings. WHB
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