Many sources have commented on the silent communication abilities of pets, but never before and not since the first publication of this book in 1919 has the subject of animal telepathy in the wild been so fully researched. How Animals Talk explores the phenomenon of vocal, silent, and even motionless communication among animals. From crow talk to instant herd communication, author William J. Long theorizes that animals are much more intelligent, emotional, and moral than we have traditionally thought and that their ability to sense the presence of other living beings is an innate ability shared by humans as well. Based on many years of field observations, this classic text contains numerous examples of animal behavior that defy conventional explanation. Long believed in the importance and validity of anecdotal evidence. He recognized the dangers of conventional research in reducing animals to mere numbers and how the cold third-person prose of scientific study can objectify animals, distancing ""us"" from ""them."" His findings on the impact of our presence on animal life--and the cost that we pay in separating ourselves from animals, who help define our place in the natural world--may be more relevant today than ever before.
William J. Long (1867-1952) was an American United Church of Christ minister and a well-known naturalist of the early 20th century. He is the author of over 20 books, including School of the Woods, Secrets of the Woods, and Brier-Patch Philosophy.
Foreword Preface Editor's Note to the Reader How Animals Talk I. A Little Dog-Comedy II. Cries of the Day and Night III. Chumfo, the Super-sense IV. Natural Telepathy V. The Swarm Spirit VI. Where Silence is Eloquent How to Know the Wood Folk VII On Getting Acquainted VIII. On Keeping Still IX. At Close Range My Pond: A Symphony of the Woods X. The Trail XI. Woodsy Impressions XII. Larch-trees and Deer XIII. Black Mallards XIV. Memories XV. Beaver Work