Behold the Behemoth

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(4), 318–319. Reviews the book, Thinking Animals: Animals and the Development of Human Intelligence by Paul Shepard (1978). The major theme of the book is that thinking about animals is crucial to the mental development of the human child. The minor theme is the comparison of human thought with animal thought. The choice of issues is timely, and there are many apt and provocative intuitions. Moreover, author is an individual voice, siding neither with sentimentalists nor with sociobiologists. But the ideas should have been more forcefully developed, either by providing detailed empirical support or by pushing them, on the theoretical level, to their furthest conclusions. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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