Animal Behaviorist: We Will Have the Ability to Understand our Pets in the Next Decade

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

What would it be like if we could talk to the animals and they could talk to us? For years, movies have played on this fantasy, often to comic effect.

Con Slobodchikoff isn’t just dreaming of talking to animals. He’s actually doing it. His big feat so far has been decoding the language of prairie dogs, which includes descriptive vocabulary words and sentence-like structures.

If his work goes according to plan, we’ll all have the ability to understand what our pets are saying in the next decade, and to talk to them in return.

Con Slobodchikoff is professor emeritus at Northern Arizona University and president and C.E.O. of Animal Communications, Ltd.

Guests:

Professor Con Slobodchikoff

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [3]

K Freeman from US

Very disappointing how snide and dismissive Hockenberry is toward this very well-repsected professor and his valid, interesting work.

I was a Hockenberry fan since the Infinite Mind days, but no more. However, I will go buy Con's book.

Jun. 17 2013 04:12 PM
alex from 02013

I have actually been working on decoding the language of wolves and dogs and have made extreme progress through eye contact, tail movements, and whimpers.

Jun. 17 2013 03:36 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn

I can see the prairie dogs scratching their heads and talking amongst themselves,"Back to the Days when life was more simpler, the work more harder and the laughter more deeper. Oh, I'm sorry, I'm quoting Garrison Keillor Prairie Home Companion again."

Jun. 12 2013 10:26 AM

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