Frans de Waal argues
that animals are smarter than we might think. "Experiments with animals have long been handicapped by our anthropocentric attitude: We often test them in ways that work fine with humans but not so well with other species." [more inside]
posted by Athanassiel
on Mar 24, 2013 -
- photos of traditional animal costumes of Europe, by Charles Freger
. Also in National Geographic
, and in the New York Times' Lens Blog
“These traditions come from Neolithic times — from shamanism — and they have never stopped,” said Mr. Fréger, 38. “For a few nights you can behave like a goat, drink a lot and forget about being civilized. You can be a wild animal for three days and then you go back to controlling your wildness.”
posted by moonmilk
on Mar 18, 2013 -
"Hi, my name is Paul Rosolie.
I'm a naturalist based out of southern Peru and today I'm headed into the jungle to show you a place that very few people have gotten to see. I'm in the Madre de Dios region of Peru, this is the far western Amazon and some of the deepest jungle on earth."
posted by stbalbach
on Feb 20, 2013 -
In November 1944, as Hitler's V-2 rockets rained down on England, Donald Watson's mind was elsewhere. Together with Elsie Shrigley and 23 others, he was starting a new society of ethical vegetarians who avoided dairy and eggs as well as meat -- an unheard-of innovation. The earliest issues of the group's magazine are now available online
and provide a glimpse into the humble beginnings of what became a global movement. In its pages, members discuss animal ethics, health, wartime rationing, recipes and the thorny issue of what adherents should call themselves. (Donald Watson coined "vegan" in issue 1, but some members were unimpressed and wrote in with their own suggestions including Vitan, Dairyban, Benevore, Sanivore and Beaumangeur).
posted by dontjumplarry
on Feb 13, 2013 -
"We cannot help but see animals from a human vantage point, and therefore in some sense all the works in the present exhibition are actually about us."
is a photo series featuring animals exploring a grocery store.
posted by quin
on Jan 3, 2013 -
Need some inspiration for the new year? Beautiful Moments
is a short video compilation of people and animals doing interesting things at some of the most lovely locations on earth. [slyt]
posted by quin
on Jan 1, 2013 -