By Maria Popova From procrastinating pigeons to counting bears to dung beetles that navigate by the stars. Life and Reality are not things you can have for yourself unless you accord them to all others, Alan Watts wrote in his mind-expanding 1950s meditation on what reality really is. Although our species has a long history of using nonhuman animals as metaphors for understanding human reality, we are only just beginning to accord our fellow creatures the dignity of their own reality by growing a new understanding of their complex consciousness.
Each example in the book comes from Kelsey’s interviews with scientists who study the respective species, brought to life in Kim’s breathtaking 2D/3D dioramas.
Illustrations courtesy of Owlkids Books
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