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Animal intelligence and self-awareness

From a New Scientist article published 15 December 2015 (emphasis mine): Alex, the African grey [parrot] trained and studied by Irene Pepperberg at Harvard University, learned 100 words and even made up some of his own, including “ban-erry” – he already knew banana and cherry, and seemed to reason that an apple was somewhere between the two. … Continue reading

Gender bias in children’s books

Some sad statistics about the male bias even in children’s books. Janice McCabe, assistant professor of sociology at Florida State University led the study in 2011 of nearly 6,000 books published from 1900 to 2000. The results are startling and disappointing; Males are central characters in 57 percent of children’s books published per year, while only 31 percent … Continue reading