People Are Animals, Too

Anyone who has read H Is For Hawk by Helen Macdonald, an extraordinary book about training a goshawk, will know the author’s awed discovery of the gulf which separates a bird from a human. The human brain is special. But not, Peter Aldhous argues, that special. To understand animal minds, and our own place in the living world, we should remove ourselves from centre stage and shift our perspective. (3,979 words)

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