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2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgScientific knowledge should inform ethical attitudes. Facts can and should alter our behavior. And yet, given the incontrovertible fact of cetacean intelligence and consciousness, these drive hunts persist, day after day, year after year.
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2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWe are compelled to follow this path because doing so teaches us something deeply important about ourselves: how humans fit into the pantheon of life.
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2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgDespite the sophisticated and high-tech ways in which we have applied our efforts, it is entirely possible we may never communicate with them in the way we want to.
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2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI prefer celebrating what we're very good at as one species within the kingdom, as opposed to trumped up absolutes that tend to isolate us.
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2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgYears ago, people thought only humans made and used tools, were conscious or self-aware, and had sophisticated ways to communicate with one another, and we now know these speciesist views were wrong.
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2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIt might well be that dolphins simply lack the inherent drive to share their inner mental lives with others via symbols.
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2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIf we abandon the old paradigm that we are intrinsically different and superior to all other life forms, it's possible to look at animals with greater respect and, like Denise Herzing, start working towards decoding their language.