CARES Reading Group

Speaker, author and animal myth-buster Jonathan Balcombe will be speaking at Chico State on April 24, 2017, so in advance of his visit, the Chico Animal Rights and Education Series (CARES) reading group is gathering to read his excellent book, What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins. You can get an idea of what the book is like by listening to the great 30-minute interview Balcombe did with Terry Gross on the radio show Fresh Air in June 2016.

What A Fish Knows cover

The CARES group will be meeting in April from 7:00-8:30 pm, at the Center for Design Control in the Gardenwalk Mall. Here is the reading schedule as we explore, What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins. You do not have to attend all the sessions — we welcome your participation for any or all of the dates below.

Thursday, April 6 – Chapter 1 & 2 – 7:00-8:30 pm
Thursday, April 13 – Chapter 3 & 4 – 7:00-8:30 pm
Thursday, April 20 – Chapter 5 through 7 – 7:00-8:30 pm

Center for Design Control
Gardenwalk Mall
225 Main Street (we’re meeting after hours, so enter off Wall Street)
Chico CA 95928

Do fishes think? Do they really have three-second memories? And can they recognize the humans who peer back at them from above the surface of the water? In What a Fish Knows, the myth-busting ethologist Jonathan Balcombe addresses these questions and more, taking us under the sea, through streams and estuaries, and to the other side of the aquarium glass to reveal the surprising capabilities of fishes. Although there are more than thirty thousand species of fish—more than all mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians combined—we rarely consider how individual fishes think, feel, and behave. Balcombe upends our assumptions about fishes, portraying them not as unfeeling, dead-eyed feeding machines but as sentient, aware, social, and even Machiavellian—in other words, much like us.

Jonathan Balcombe is the director of animal sentience at the Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy and the author of four books, including Second Nature and Pleasurable Kingdom. He is an excellent speaker and his presentation will be greatly enhanced by being familiar with the book.

As usual, the discussion will be moderated by Robert Jones, animal rights philosophy professor at Chico State.

You can find the book at our local library or on Amazon here.

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