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"Minding Animals" is focus of Saturday Scholars program Oct. 10

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- People whispering to horses, primates learning sign language, and family dogs making amazing rescues -- these exchanges between humans and animals are recognized indicators of animal intelligence. Dr. Edward Wasserman, professor of psychology and a leading authority on animal and human cognition, will present "Minding Animals," at Saturday Scholars: Tailgating for the Mind, 9 a.m., 40 Schaeffer Hall, Saturday, Oct. 10.

Wasserman will trace the scientific study of animal intelligence and present recent findings that document unprecedented mental abilities. "As the title "Minding Animals" suggests, we should pay attention to animals and learn from them about the nature and evolution of our own human intelligence," said Wasserman. "Animals do show behaviors that fully justify our attributing to them adaptive mental functions like learning, memory and cognition."

The program is free and open to the public. Coffee and donuts will be served at 8:45 a.m. with presentation following from 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Registration is encouraged but not required. Call 384-0017.

Future "Saturday Scholars" programs include:
Christopher Roy, professor of art and art history and Linda McIntyre, associate director, "Art and Life in Africa Project." Roy and McIntyre will show how advanced technology is bringing the masterpieces of African art and creativity to Iowa. (Oct. 24, Iowa vs. Wisconsin, Parents Weekend); Ed Folsom, professor of English, "Photo-Sensitive: Walt Whitman and Nineteenth Century Photography." Folsom will explore how Whitman, the most photographed writer of the century, wrote a poetry that was "photographic" in its ways of seeing and describing the world. (Nov. 14, Iowa vs. Ohio State).