Carl Safina

Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel

Carl Safina

Talk: Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel

Award-winning author and renowned ocean conservationist, Carl Safina discusses his new book "Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel." Hailed as "a beautifully written, provocative case for seeing animals through their eyes" by Discover magazine, "Beyond Words" draws from decades of observation of African elephants in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park, free-living wolves in Yellowstone, and societies of killer whales in the Pacific Northwest. Taking us into their lives and minds, Safina reports on the astonishing similarities between our minds and theirs (including a surprising capacity for self-awareness, empathy, and grief) and offers a graceful examination of what makes us human.

Carl Safina

Carl’s work has been recognized with MacArthur, Pew, and Guggenheim Fellowships, and won National Academies literary awards. Safina is the inaugural holder of the endowed chair for nature and humanity at Stony Brook University, where he co-chairs the steering committee of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and is founding president of the not-for-profit Safina Center.

Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel

Beyond Words brings forth powerful and illuminating insight into the unique personalities of animals through extraordinary stories of animal joy, grief, jealousy, anger, and love. The similarity between human and nonhuman consciousness, self-awareness, and empathy calls us to re-evaluate how we interact with animals.

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