Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Highlighting the Relationship Between Humans and Animals: SOME WE LOVE, SOME WE HATE, SOME WE EAT by Hal Herzog

SOME WE LOVE, SOME WE HATE, SOME WE EAT BY HAL HERZOGDoes living with a pet really make people happier and healthier? What can students learn from biomedical research with mice? Who enjoys a better quality of life—the chicken on a dinner plate or the rooster who dies in a Saturday night cockfight? Why is it wrong to eat the family dog?

Drawing on more than two decades of research into the emerging field of anthrozoology, the science of human-animal relations, Hal Herzog, a Professor of Psychology at Western Carolina University, offers in Some We Love, Some We Hate Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals, an illuminating exploration of the fierce moral conundrums faced every day regarding the creatures with whom we share our world. Alternately poignant, challenging, and laugh-out-loud funny—blending anthropology, behavioral economics, evolutionary psychology, and philosophy—this enlightening and provocative book will forever change the way students look at their relationships with other creatures and, ultimately, how they see themselves.

A fascinating, thoughtful, and thoroughly enjoyable exploration of a major dimension of human experience.
Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works and The Stuff of Thought

Herzog argues that moral absolutes are not readily available in a complex world—one that exists in shades of grey, rather than the black and white of animal rights activists and their opponents. . . . Herzog has a clear eye for the essence of a scientific study, but he leavens his narrative with illuminating personal stories and self-deprecating humor.”

"Hal Herzog deftly blends anecdote with scientific research to show how almost any moral or ethical position regarding our relationship with animals can lead to absurd consequences. In an utterly appealing narrative, he reveals the quirky.ways we humans try to make sense of these absurdities."
Irene M. Pepperberg, author of Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Uncovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process

“One of a kind. I don’t know when I’ve read anything more comprehensive about our highly involved, highly contradictory relationships with animals, relationships which we mindlessly, placidly continue no matter how irrational they may be. . . . This page-turning book is quite something—you won’t forget it any time soon.”
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Hidden Life of Deer: Lessons from the Natural World

“Hal Herzog does for our relationships with animals what Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma did for our relationships with food. . . . The book is a joy to read, and no matter what your beliefs are now, it will change how you think.”
Sam Gosling, Professor of Psychology, University of Texas, Austin, author of Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You

If you would like to consider Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat for one of your classes, please use our desk copy form to request a copy.

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