Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence—and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process by Irene M. PepperbergAlex & Me is the remarkable true story of an extraordinary relationship between psychologist Irene M. Pepperberg and Alex, an African Grey parrot who proved scientists and accepted wisdom wrong by demonstrating an astonishing ability to communicate and understand complex ideas. A New York Times bestseller and selected as one of the paper’s critic’s Top Ten Books of the Year, Alex & Me is much more that the story of an incredible scientific breakthrough. It’s a poignant love story and an affectionate remembrance of Pepperberg’s irascible, unforgettable, and always surprising best friend.
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Ep. 4 – Irene Pepperberg on revolutionizing what humans think of bird brains
In , after finishing her doctorate in theoretical chemistry at Harvard, our guest Dr. Pepperberg believed otherwise. Pepperberg showed that those brains have many capabilities long thought to be unique to primates — including the ability to speak and understand a human tongue. With the extraordinary force of vision, perseverance and bravery of Dr. And he did it all with unforgettable charisma and, often hilarious, personality until he passed away prematurely in at age 31, with the status of an international celebrity. Irene Pepperberg, Alex systematically destroyed the notion — the way he destroyed so many things — that all birds can do is mimic human language… Our notion of what a bird is has forever been changed. Today Dr.
Nov 7, “Alex & Me,” Irene Pepperberg's memoir of her year scientific of talking with the animals, Dr. Doolittle style, Alex was a revelation.
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Irene Pepperberg has written a book about her work of three decades with the African Grey parrot Alex, who died unexepectedly in September, In his lifetime, Alex became a media star, thus helping to advance the understanding of both animal cognition and of the interconnectedness between animals and people. Pepperberg set out to replicate with Grey parrots the experiments that explored linguistic and cognitive skills in chimpanzees. Trainer A and B would sometimes train each other, then switch to the subject. As time went on, Alex was able to join in training new parrots. This technique was radically different than the traditional stimulus-response mode of training. Pepperberg was anxious to demonstrate to all the naysayers that Alex really did have intelligence and cognitive skills, and was not merely reflecting researcher hopes and biases.