Jonathan Balcombe is a scientist, author and speaker.
Balcombe holds 3 degrees including a PhD in ethology. He has published over 50 scientific papers on animal behaviour and animal protection and is currently the Director of Animal Sentience with the Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy, in Washington, DC.
Some topics we talk about include sentience, animal emotions and ethics, cephalopods and the evolution of consciousness and some surprising animal behavioural anecdotes.
Jonathan's books really influenced the way I thought about animals and I highly recommend checking them out.
Sentience as defined by Balcombe is the capacity to feel.
Fishes Use Problem Solving and Invent Tools (Article by JB)
Fishes Have Feelings, Too (Also by JB)
Tusk fish using rock "anvil" to crack clam
Guardian article on "the extraordinary minds of octopuses and other cephalopods"
Man befriends and swims with crocodile
Vladimir Dinets - zoologist and world authority on crocodillian behaviour.
Grouper and Moray eel co-operative hunting
Rats experience feelings of regret
The Sloth Moth
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LIST OF BOOKS:
by Jonathan Balcombe:
Second Nature: The Inner Lives of Animals
What A Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins
Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
Other Minds by Peter Godfrey-Smith
Vegan Planet by Robin Robertson
La Dolce Vegan! by Sarah Kramer
Recorded in Leipzig, Germany
Theme Song by Cosmic Tortoise