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Massachusetts Institute of Technology with her latest pet parakeet. At one point, she tells us about telling a department admin that she’s getting married. Stunned, a public service was put together honoring him.

And this book just je me want to run home from wherever I am to squeeze the bejeezus out of him. And this book j Okay so I finished this book abnormally fast due to a combination of sleeplessness and the intense interest in the connection between bird and human. Why shouldn’t the other scientists be skeptical?

Something else that persistently annoyed me about this book was the way Dr. Having grown fond of Alex, I also mourned his loss.

What an absolutely remarkable read!! Goodreads pepperbedg you keep track of books you want to read. Apr 15, Rae rated it it was amazing Shelves: One of the trainers models peppperberg desired student behavior, and is seen by the student as a rival for the other trainer’s attention.

And that is fine. Irene Maxine Pepperberg is a scientist noted for her studies in animal cognition, particularly in relation to parrots. She comes across as unstable, flying completely off the handle when Alex chews up a piece of paper. She is ieene known for her comparative studies into the cognitive fundamentals of language and communication, and was one of the first to try to extend work on language learning i Irene Maxine Pepperberg is a scientist noted for her studies in animal cognition, particularly in relation to parrots.


Irene Pepperberg was just finishing up a PhD in chemistry when a nature program on animal cognition caused her to abruptly change fields and begin the life-long study of the learning abilities of African Gray parrots. Pepperberg assumes the woman is bitter because she doesn’t have an academic career, and is thinking Hurray!

We are talking about grief peppeeberg. Major events are completely left out.

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I laughed and I cried. Nov 30, Lena rated it really liked it Shelves: So Amd think that I’m going to from now on see birds as little aliens that we live among.

Alex became a well-known personality in his own right, appearing on PBS’s Scientific American Frontiers; being featured in articles in mainstream media as well as scientific journals. Nov 21, Janet rated it liked it. So if you’re looking at superiority defined in terms of being able to build ever more sophisticated tools and artifacts, humans win, hands down. Dec 31, Sandra Dark rated it liked it.

Also appreciated the author’s account of being a woman scientist having to fight gender prejudices and those against animals. Mar 10, Jennifer rated it really liked it Shelves: Once, Alex was given pepperber different colored ale two red, three blue, and four green—similar to the picture above.

As for the author, Dr.

Alex (parrot) – Wikipedia

Otherwise, why start with an obituary from the the NY Times rather than an amusing and engaging anecdote, of which there are many? The first pages should have been condensed into a handful, and the final chapter, following Alex’s untimely demise, went THUD. No other animal has that. Alex, a parrot that could count to six, identify colors and even express frustration with repetitive scientific trials, has died after 30 years of helping researchers better understand the avian brain.


Pepperberg fails to mention apex that chimps are still using the same primitive tools they’ve used for eons, eppperberg are unlikely to pepperberg develop anything more sophisticated than what they have now. This is written for the non-scientist with such a lovely, human voice. This is a moving read as well as an informative one. But non I wanted to love this book because I’ve read a lot of thirdhand information about Alex from other scientists.

Being an African Grey parrot mom, I learned so much about their intelligence.

Here is a beautiful passage that aptly describes his premature passing: Still, I maintain that her attitude towards her research, at least as she presents it in this book, was entirely too subjective and biased. He could sound out words! Irene Pepperberg, I think she is a fantastic, patient research scientist. And I laughed out loud at some of the anecdotes she shares, pa I loved it! Alex showed them, though, and so did I!

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