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Animal Sentience: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Animal Feeling

Commentary Type

Open Commentary

Abstract

Harnad (2016) is mistaken that humans are better at mind-reading than other species. Humans have context-independent language, but nonhuman species, especially mammals, have context-dependent nonverbal skills – perceptual, communicative and social -- that can be much keener than our own.

Author Biography

Marthe Kiley-Worthington marthekileyworthington@gmail.com is Director of the Eco Research & Education Centre, author of seven books and over 70 scientific papers and consultant on ecological agriculture, animal behaviour and welfare problems. www.eco-etho-recherche.com