Thursday, January 13, 2011
Slobberdogs Hog the Limelight (Again)
Yesterday we talked about biologist Rupert Sheldrake's intriguing book, The Sense of Being Stared At and Other Aspects of the Extended Mind. Another Sheldrake gem is Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home and Other Unexplained Powers of Animals. Here's our book trailer about it.
This book is also discussed in another MPL blog. Giving my particular spin, I have to observe, first and foremost, that slobberdogs are getting an unfair share of the limelight (yet again). The title, Dogs That Know ..., implies that slobberdogs have some special (psychic?) powers that the rest of us lack. Nothing could be further from the truth. Felines are renowned for their sixth sense (or, generally, just good sense overall), and Sheldrake provides some examples in his research involving cats that knew, like dogs, parrots, and other pets, that their owners were heading home at unusual times or under unpredictable circumstances. I'm willing to give slobberdogs their due on this--they can be pretty psychically tuned-in, even if they seem to be doofuses the rest of the time--but let's not forget that cats are practically omniscient.
Sheldrake's books are really fascinating. He explains the science clearly in terms even slobberdogs could understand. His theories explain much animal (and human) behavior that is otherwise mysterious. Anyone interested in understanding animal (and people) behavior should definitely check them out at your local library. Our library has copies available; if your library is an Evergreen Indiana consortium member, then you can use your Evergreen Indiana library card to check out Sheldrake's books from any E.I. library. (You can search the E.I. Catalog here.) To learn more about Evergreen Indiana, you can (wait for it!) . . . watch our program trailer below.
Evergreen is also mentioned in our Librarians Do Taio Cruz parody video.
Hey, I'd better go. I've got a feeling that the Lady With the Red Hair is on her way home now. In my mind's eye, I can tell she just left her office at Greenwood Public Library. She's bringing home a snack from her lunch at Smokey Bones. (Love that barbecue sauce!) My mind's nose can smell it--tasty! Hope our resident slobberdogs don't hogger-in on my snack (a little pork joke there).
Expecting Texas Toast, too,
Cauli Le Chat
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