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Not more than a couple of hours after I irsne reading this book about a famous African Grey Parrot who died at age 30 did I hear the fresh news of a bird named Horace who died after being in a friend’s family for 45 years.

There is no doubt that Alex was in-charge; of the lab, of the scientists studying him, and the students who assisted in the research. What did the autopsy report reveal?

Alex (parrot)

She was denied funding and grants repeatedly because of her unconventional approach to the study of animal behavior. She chose African Grey parrots for irenr research because of their intelligence and clear speech.

Pepperberg began doing research on the cognitive capacities of a Gray parrot, Alex, in the s, a time when animals were widely believed to be little more than bio-automatons, lacking not only intellectual capability, but emotions as well.

What an absolutely remarkable read!! I used to have a budgie parakeetAnd I have seen first hand how smart those little birds are. The books gives a simplified synopsis of the thirty years Alex and Irene worked together in answering the question “Does of parrot have the capability of developing language?


Despite that, if you are an animal lover, be sure to give this book a try.

Alex (parrot) – Wikipedia

She’s also very adamant that her research disproves the claims of behaviorism, which holds that animals are automatons that respond to stimuli without really thinking or understanding what they’re doing which is exactly what some of the Alex experiments look like to me.

Archived from the original on 18 October Stunned, a public service was put together pepperverg him. She was essentially asking her readers to trust all of her claims without seeing any proof, and then to get outraged with her when describing all the mean scientists who were demanding proof.

So, don’t hesitate to read it. Alex could add, to a limited extent, correctly giving the number of similar objects on a tray. One of the trainers models the desired student behavior, and is seen by the student as a rival for the other trainer’s attention.

I was je to believe this book would be about Alex and his remarkable intellectual abilities.

I laughed and I cried. Losing such a bird would be like losing a family member in many ways. View all 7 comments. So I think that I’m going to from now on see birds as little aliens that we live among.

Alex also showed some comprehension of personal pronouns ; he used different language when referring to himself or others, indicating a concept of “I” and “you”. However, the 30 years that she spent with him seem to have created a change within her because she did become emotionally attached to him.

I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook because of how fascinating Alex was and how much we can all learn from the animals in our lives.


If you can get in! First Impressions after Reading. That’s what being part of a taxonomic group means — you and all the things like you are unique in nature; irenee your very own category.

The substance is fascinating and it reads quickly. The reader was terrific. Archived from the original on 11 February Pepperberg quotes from her notes about Alex and her commentary is distinctly unscientific. I’m not saying behaviorism is aand, I’m just saying that she didn’t manage to successfully disprove behaviorism.

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Mar 10, Jennifer rated it really liked it Shelves: I was fascinated by Alex’s ability to communicate with Irene Pepperberg, who purchased him at a Chicago-area pet store when she began her research at Purdue University in the s. Animal psychologist Irene Pepperberg bought Alex at a pet store while a researcher at Purdue University. The information, the story, the heartwarming detail Comments like, “Alex is bitchy today!

She readily admits that she has no psychology or linguistics training her PhD is in chemistryand yet we’re supposed to believe that she knows what she’s doing, despite reaching conclusions that go against the current wisdom in both psychology and linguistics.

If a bird-sized brain can understand concepts like “none” and use phonics, then how much more intellectually advanced are the animals all around us who can’t vocalize their thoughts?