Thinking Animals Lecture Series – Animal Communication

Friday, November 17 at 7pm at Hunter College in New York City

Panelists: Chris Clark and Katy Payne
Moderator: Diana Reiss

Communication: What can animals tell us?

Chris Clark, Katy Payne
Moderator: Diana Reiss

All animals need to communicate, and the myriad ways that have evolved to do this are fascinating. In fact, we can learn a lot about how and why we developed our own language system by understanding how other species have evolved their own. Some species communicate with sound, others by smell, gesture, magnetism, facial expression, electricity or bioluminescence. Many, including us, communicate with a combination of different senses and affects. Unfortunately, it’s just our bad luck that we haven’t figured out a way to understand what the others are saying. However, large strides have been made in the past several years to bridge this gap and the results are often amazing, not to mention humorous.

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