Do Apes Have Language?
Presenter: Benjamin Beck, PhD, Animal cognition Specialist and author
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Description: Research into animal behavior has suggested that primates, mammals and other animals may have amazing abilities that allow them to communicate with one another. This research is changing the way many people think about animals, and our place among them.
In this fascinating webinar, Dr. Benjamin Beck, noted comparative psychologist and specialist in animal cognition, will explore the characteristics of human language and scientific attempts to elicit human language among great apes. In addition to revealing evolutionary similarities between humans and great apes (some would say "other" great apes), Dr. Beck will talk about the implications of the research on how these animals are viewed from an ethical and legal standpoint. Participants will be enabled to reach their own conclusions about great apes' capabilities and to explore the ethical implications of their conclusions.
About the Presenter: Benjamin Beck, PhD, is the co-author of "Animal Tool Behavior" and co-editor of "Great Apes & Humans." He was General Curator and Associate Director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoological Park for 20 years, where he served on the negotiating team that brought giant pandas from China in 2000. He is the author of more than 60 scientific papers and books; has given more than 100 presentations and keynotes at scientific conferences, and serves as a member of the Primate Specialist Group of the World Conservation Union (IUCN). His first novel, "Thirteen Gold Monkeys", is scheduled for release in June, 2013.