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Pleasurable Kingdom presents new evidence that animals--like humans--enjoy themselves. From birds to baboons, insects to iguanas, animals feel good thanks to play, sex, touch, food, anticipation, comfort, aesthetics, and more. Combining rigorous evidence, elegant argument and amusing anecdotes, leading animal behavior researcher Jonathan Balcombe shows that the possibilityPleasurable Kingdom presents new evidence that animals--like humans--enjoy themselves. From birds to baboons, insects to iguanas, animals feel good thanks to play, sex, touch, food, anticipation, comfort, aesthetics, and more. Combining rigorous evidence, elegant argument and amusing anecdotes, leading animal behavior researcher Jonathan Balcombe shows that the possibility of positive feelings in creatures other than humans has important ethical ramifications for both science and society....

Title : Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good
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ISBN : 9781403986023
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Number of Pages : 360 Pages
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Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good Reviews

  • Judyta Szaciłło
    2019-06-26 06:20

    This is one of the best impulse buys I have ever made. The contents are very efficiently organised, the narrative is engaging, and there is a wonderful balance of science and anecdote. And the subject is of great importance. The author postulates that animals are, not unlike us, feeling, unique individuals that deserve to be treated with consideration and respect. They can feel fear and joy, they appreciate beauty and play games, they enjoy relaxation and thrills of risk, they can feel love and resentment. Some of them even develop a sense of humour and morality. "An animal destined for the slaughterhouse still deserves respect and compassion."I recommend this book to everyone. I would put it on the obligatory reading lists at schools, if I only could.

  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    2019-06-27 05:23

    The bibliography is 30 pages long and the index section is 14 pages. The author obviously did in-depth research and because of that this reader is completely satisfied that many scientific studies prove animals have emotions. Yet, while the book is full of anecdotes and fascinating stories about animal behavior, the organization of the material is concise and spare. The stories are about many wild and tame creatures, and includes admittedly unscientific observations about insects, as well. It is easy to forget this is a book to be found shelved in the science section, but the author sticks to the facts, nevertheless. The book is simple and quick, written for the general reader, but it does not pontificate or patronize.Having owned cats throughout many decades, I already knew my pets frequently demonstrated emotions similar to my own feelings of humor, horror, despair, joy and contentment in daily activities. The surprise for me is that apparently turtles, bats and fish have shown a 'liking' for being scratched or tickled, or that cows may feel empowered in being taught tricks! (That last bit could be a little anthropomorphic, the author admits, however. No matter. It is fun to imagine that cows could be proud of themselves!) Bodies of animals have been found with liver disease caused by alcoholism, as a number of species are known to seek out and enjoy fermented fruit.I recommend this book to high school students and adults to explore, but with the caution that it discusses various sex acts that have been observed by scientists studying animals. Religious folks will find their faith under attack yet again by the fact most animals indulge in homosexuality and masturbation even when the season of being 'in heat' has passed, with 'wasted' ejaculations. The evidence seems to be there that most animals love having sex no matter the gender of the partner - or partners. However, several kinds of species mate for life - and have been observed grieving at length upon the death of their partner or friend (yes, animals also appear to make close friendships, too). It is difficult to read this section without a lump in the throat. The author writes briefly of the horrors of our current factory conditions raising meat and egg animals, but he does not do so in a graphic manner. Imagining how it must be for creatures with proved emotional capabilities is horrific enough.An excellent general science read.

  • Alexis
    2019-06-24 09:25

    I heard this gentleman speak at a Cornell Vet School occasion. He seemed so nice, I wanted to read his book. The premise is that the pleasure animals experience in the natural world can be as great as their suffering, and interrupting their ability to pursue pleasure is a form of cruelty. He cites some interesting studies, but the contents of the book weren't overly surprising. I think that he may be preaching to the choir in regards to those most likely to pick up this book. If only the people that needed to read this book would.

  • Emelda
    2019-06-29 12:03

    I loved this book! The anecdotes and studies he gathered to prove his case were great and as well researched as the subject can be- as studying non-human animals' pleasure, as opposed to pain, is not well covered. The stories and explanations were accessible and I love that the last (short) part of the book is just a plug to go vegan. Hells yeah.

  • Christine
    2019-06-26 10:14

    p.37"Ein Vogel zu sein, bedeutet intensiver zu leben als jedes andere Lebewesen - Menschen eingeschlossen. Vögel haben heißeres Blut, leuchtendere Farben, stärkere Emotionen ... sie leben ausschließlich in der Gegenwart, meist ein Leben voller Freuden."p.48"Ob Tiere eine bestimmte Emotion ähnlich empfinden wie Menschen - haben Kaninchen ähnliche Ängste wie Menschen? - spielt keine Rolle. Entscheidend ist nur, dass sich für alle Freude und Leid gleichermaßen anfühlt."p.203"Die Farben und Formen der Blüten spiegeln perfekt das wider, was Bienen attraktiv finden ... Es wäre ein paradoxes und anthropozentrisches Missverständnis zu glauben, dass Bienen und wir eine unterschiedliche Vorstellung von Schönheit hätten ... nur weil sie einfachere Lebewesen sind."p.219"In Wirklichkeit verfügen Fische über soziale Intelligenz, haben Strategien entwickelt, um zu manipulieren, zu strafen und zu versöhnen, sie leben in stabiler kultureller Tradition und arbeiten zusammen, um Fressfeinde zu meiden und Nahrung zu finden."

  • Bobby
    2019-06-29 11:16

    Pleasurable Kingdom was published in 2006 and it seems that at that time, a mere 8 years ago, it was still rare to think of animals as having emotions or being able to experience pleasure. Balcombe relates anecdotes of animals that would seem to indicate that many/most animals are also emotional beings, more similar to humankind than many of us would like to admit. Balcombe also approaches this subject from a scientific angle (not merely anecdotal) as well arguing that it makes sense for animals to take pleasure in many of the activities that serve us/them from an evolutionary viewpoint.I think this book would be an excellent read for someone just starting to contemplate such questions as "Do animals have emotions?" or "Can animals experience emotion?" For me, this book kind of dragged on but mostly because I'd been contemplating such things for a while now and was already convinced of the things the author argues for in Pleasurable Kingdom.

  • Sarri
    2019-07-10 06:05

    Minulla oli paljon odotuksia tälle kirjalle, eikä vähiten hauskan kannen ansiosta. Kirja oli kuitenkin suht puiseva ja liukui yliopistotyyppiseksi tiedejulkaisuksi aivan liian usein. Mukana oli kyllä paljon mielenkiintoisia esimerkkejä, mutta nekin usein yliopistomaisesti selitettyjä, eikä niissä ollut juuri logiikkaa, vaan eläimet vilahtelivat tekstissä miten kuten. Kirjoittaja oli laittanut mukaan myös paljon oletuksiaan sekä ihmeellisiä, kirjoittajan itsensä olettamia itsestäänselvyyksiä, mikä ärsytti lukiessa. Lisäksi kun lähtökohtana oli "tiede", niin aika paljon lukiessa tökki oletusasenne, että eläimillä ei voi olla nautintoa ennen kuin se tieteellisesti on todettu. Höh! Jokainen eläimen omistaja kyllä tietää, että elukat nauttivat aivan yhtä lailla kuin me ihmisetkin, ei siihen yliopistotutkimusta tarvita. Yleensä ahmaisen tällaiset kirjat päivässä, parissa, nyt tämän kanssa meni koko kesä.

  • esterb
    2019-07-11 05:05

    The big question in this book is whether animals (read: non-humans) know pleasure like we (read: humans) do. Balcombe states yes, although it's very hard to put facts to the statement. Because there are so few facts to base your opinion on, it is more the question whether you believe Balcombe or not. I did and I really enjoyed the book. I like to think non-human animals share many things with humans and for me Balcombe confirmed my thoughts.

  • Stephanie
    2019-06-29 05:16

    There is a lot of speculation and inference in this book, although I guess that until we figure out a way to clearly communicate with animals that's pretty much what we have to go on. Plus, I am one of those who firmly falls on the side of animals being able to experience pleasure (the look of bliss on my cat's face when I scratch his belly is unmistakable). I enjoyed the anecdotes, and some of the research is fascinating.

  • Madeleine
    2019-07-08 08:07

    Through an intriguing discussion of the ways that non-humans experience a huge range of pleasurable feelings and emotions, Balcombe weaves in an insightful exploration of what it will mean for our ethical system for humans to acknowledge the many things we share with members of other species.

  • Savina King
    2019-07-07 13:09

    I would love to have the courage to change my diet to vegetarian and books like this definetly help. though every one can benefit from reading this book vegetarian or not. if you love animals and want to know more get reading.

  • NK
    2019-06-27 12:14

    I was kind of disappointed in this book specially w/ all the typos. I was expecting something different & for them to talk more about compassion than about mating habits.

  • Riah
    2019-07-05 10:23

    I loved this book. I highly recommend to anyone and everyone!

  • Tammy BayAreaVeg
    2019-07-16 13:03

    This book is a more 'scientific' version of Pig Who Sang to the Moon. It was interesting in some parts but too long and dry in others.

  • Liz
    2019-06-30 12:58

    A treatise on the ability of animals to feel pleasure/happiness. I thought it would be cute and charming but it was dull and scientific and not at all worth reading.