Next of Kin: What My Conversations with Chimpanzees Have Taught Me About Intelligence, Compassion and Being Human

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What my conversations with chimpanzees have taught me about intelligence, compassion and being human. NEXT OF KIN is an enthralling voyage of discovery. Through the story of a young chimpanzee, Washoe, Roger Fouts shows us that humans and chimpanzees can achieve fluency in language. This moving account of Roger Fouts' personal and professional odyssey will challenge many of our assumptions about non-human primates. It is the humanity which Washoe has evoked that has driven him to write NEXT OF KIN and enabled us to share his unique story.

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"Engrossing...alternately hilarious and heartbreaking." --"San Francisco Chronicle""Beyond its exuberant storytelling value, this book contains ideas as revolutionary as any since "The Origin of Species." --Seattle Times"

"A startling, compassionate, honest, heart-wrenching book." --Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, coauthor of "When Elephants Weep"

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Roger Fouts, a leading animal psychologist and pioneer in the field of animal language research, achieved almost celebrity status in the late 1960s when he successfully taught his adopted chimp, Washoe, how to use sign language. For the last 30 years Fouts and Washoe have been exploring the frontiers of primate intelligence, creativity and culture. Fouts uses this unique relationship as the narrative for this book, which is both a personal memoir and professional journal. The book also traces how Fouts was forced to rethink his professional identity because of the close personal binds that develop between him and the chimps.

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