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Let’s raise a glass to Alex

Tonight, I’m holding my own private Irish wake for Alex, the extraordinary parrot. (Pass the Bushmill’s, folks. This is going to be a tearjerker.) Alex, an African Gray parrot, whose linguistic prowess put many-a-kindergartner to shame, is dead at the tender age of 31 of unknown causes. (In case you haven’t been studying up on…

Are rats laughing at us?

The New York Times Magazine ran a fascinating article by Charles Siebert, The Animal Self, last weekend about a newly minted field of psychology called Animal Personality. The burgeoning psychological school subscribes to the theory that animals, like humans, are born with innate character traits, which are either magnified or diminished by their formative experiences.…