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Hal Herzog & Darryl Wheye

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Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 9:00pm

Why is a mouse on the floor a pest, but a mouse in a cute cage a pet? Why is it fine to feed white rats to boa constrictors, but people would shudder and scream if anyone tried to feed kittens to a snake? The way we think about animals defies logic. It’s emotionally complicated and differ dramatically depending on culture. Tonight’s guest is HAL HERZOG, one the world’s leading anthrozoologist, a scientist who studies who humans think about animals. His new book is titled SOME WE LOVE. SOME WE HATE. SOME WE EAT. WHY IT’S SO HARD TO THINK STRAIGHT ABOUT ANIMALS. Tonight we talk about if there are differences between “dog people” and “cat people”; if children who abuse animals grow up to be violent adults; what happens when vegans backslide, and why everyone seems to hate snakes. The answers will surprise you.

Artist and writer DARRYL WHEYE returns to Inquiry to continue her discussion on science and art, how they interact, how they inform each other, how they are inspired by each other. Her book, co-authored with Don Kennedy, is HUMANS, NATURE, AND BIRDS: SCIENCE ART FROM CAVE WALLS TO COMPUTER SCREENS.

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