Day: March 18, 2013

“The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs are Smarter than You Think” by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods

“The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs are Smarter than You Think” by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods c.2013, Dutton $27.95 / $29.50 Canada 370 pages, includes index   BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Your dog has a species identity crisis. Some days, he’s a copycat and it’s like monkey see, monkey do around your house. Other days, he’s stubborn as a mule, eats like a little piggy, is fearless as a lion, and he runs through the house like a herd of elephants. You’re beginning to wonder what other souls lie inside the body of your canine. Is he part horse, part goat, part cheetah?  Or, as you’ll learn in “The Genius of Dogs” by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods, is he really part Einstein? Your dog is the smartest pooch on the planet. He can sit, beg, roll over, and shake. He also has a rudimentary grasp of physics, math, and language. That’s because dogs are “arguably the most successful mammal on the planet, besides us.”  They evolved from wolves to canine lupus familiaris and quickly, firmly glommed onto humans, but researchers have only recently determined how that bedrock-to-bedroom voyage happened. For canine cognition expert Hare, learning how was a world-wide journey. As a grad student trying to determine what makes us human, Hare began with chimps and bonobos but soon noticed that his dog was better at...

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Members defend KYSA

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Baseball was the theme Tuesday night during the monthly Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting. During public comment, three different people affiliated with the Keizer Youth Sports Association (KYSA) spoke about the organization and its needs. A presentation to the same board last month by KYSA president Kurt Barker and Keizer Little League president Stephanie Bojorquez outlined a list of potential repairs at Keizer Little League Park. The total bill for the listed repairs topped $500,000, which ignited controversy about the condition of the fields and who should be responsible for the work. For more of this article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the March 15 issue of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in...

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