Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Emotional Life of Elephants

I just heard this week's program of Krista Tippett's Onbeing, where she interviews Katy Payne, who is an "acoustic biologist with a Quaker sensibility". From the show's description, Payne "discovered that humpback whales compose ever-changing songs and that elephants communicate across long distances by infrasound. Here, she reflects on life in this world through her experiences with two of the most exotic creatures."

The episode is mostly about elephants and it's great Sunday morning -- or any other quiet time -- listening.

Visit the episode homepage for some cool extra resources.

In the episode, Payne makes the point that we are just scratching the surface of our understanding of the animal world. Given her observations, I'd have to agree.

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