With a hat tip to the coelacanthtastic Joseph C.: A wonderful episode of Radiolab called Animal Minds.
When we gaze into the eyes of a wild animal, or even a beloved pet, can we ever really know what they might be thinking? Is it naive to assume they’re experiencing something close to human emotions? Or, on the contrary, is it ridiculous to assume that they AREN’T feeling something like that? In this hour of Radiolab, we explore what science can say about what goes on in the minds of animals. Guests include: a humpback whale, Paul Theroux, a camel, Jonah Lehrer, and a bloodthirsty leopard seal.
The very end of the show is a chat with Paul Nicklen about his astonishing encounter with the leopard seal, including some discussion not included in the NatGeo or NPR interviews I’ve previously posted here.