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From parrots to dolphins: how are humans different from animals?

20 May

A virtual battle between humans, bees, sea lions and chimps
Ben Ambridge
United Kingdom

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What makes humans special? What makes us different from animals? Professor Ben Ambridge’s entertaining, illuminating new book has a surprising answer: less than you might think. Really, we’re all just animals. But all animals — us included — are pretty special. Are You Smarter Than a Chimpanzee? is a collection of ingenious tests, puzzles, quizzes and games that pits the reader against a range of extraordinary creatures to show that the animal kingdom is more than a match for anything mankind has to offer. In this talk, you’ll battle criminal wasps and clever pigeons, word-learning dogs and musical sea-lions, ingenious ants and beautiful bees, before discovering – finally – whether you really are smarter than a chimpanzee. Based on real, cutting-edge science, this talk will make you laugh, make you think, and – above all – make you question your assumptions about our place in the animal kingdom.

Ben Ambridge is Professor of Psychology at the University of Liverpool and the ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD). His first book, Psy-Q: You Know Your IQ – Now Test Your Psychological Intelligence, has been translated into fifteen languages worldwide, and was shortlisted in the Popular Science category for the British Medical Association book awards. His follow-up, Are You Smarter Than a Chimpanzee? led to an appearance on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, while his TED talk on The Top 10 Myths of Psychology has been viewed over 2½ million times. Ben has written as a regular columnist for The Guardian/Observer and The Big Issue.