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Alex taught us that we are a part of nature, not apart from nature. Pepperberg tries to justify Alex’s errors by saying that he was often bored because the questions eventually got too easy for him.

She refers to him by name without so much as mentioning their relationship. If I ever decided to go to school all over again – that is the place to go. Pepperberg, because she’s obviously an intelligent woman who has contributed much to science. This book was written after Alex’s death and is much more about Dr. When asked questions in the context of research testing, he gave the correct answer approximately 80 percent of the time.

Although his brain was no bigger than a walnut, when Alex died, he could identify 50 different objects, had a vocabulary of about words, recognized quantities up to six and distinguished between seven colors and five shapes.

And it only gets two stars because Alex–what little we see of him in the book– is so damn charming.

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At one point, she tells us about telling a department admin that she’s getting married. Pepperberg is a true scientist. Why shouldn’t the other scientists be skeptical? Massachusetts Institute of Technology with her latest pet parakeet. I didn’t have any desire to own one before, and now I really know that I don’t ever want a bird especially one that can talk. I never want to own a bird. I enjoyed the specific anecdotes about Alex and the students who worked on their studies, and I would have welcomed more.


It’s such a shame he left so soon. There are several stories woven within Pepperberg’s memoir about her thirty years alez Alex. Alex was an incredible being and Pepperberg did an outstanding job explaining about her relationship with Alex and the efforts she made to bridge the communication gap between them.

Alex was an amazingly smart bird.

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We hoped she couldn’t understand what we were saying. She discusses prpperberg training methodology and the various breakthroughs they had that demonstrated Alex’s brain was clearly capable of doing all sorts of things science claimed he shouldn’t be able to do. A few weeks ago, we had to put our dog down. And his owner is just brilliant.

He could sound out words! I neither liked the first chapter nor the last, which gets very, very philosophical.

Now I wonder how old they might be, what they’re thinking, and what personalities they have. I mean, she peppererg Alex over her husband — would she really be willing to admit it if her ostensible wunderkind of a bird turned out to be an ordinary animal that was just incredibly receptive to being trained?

Much enjoyed learning about the capacity of animals to learn and about their intrinsic unique personalities.

A fantastic book about Dr Pepperberg xnd her parrot Alex. Still, I thought that by reading more about Alex and how he was trained, I would become more convinced in the veracity of Dr. The idea of humans’ separateness from the rest of nature ifene no longer tenable.

I really enjoyed the book and I am going to read more about Alex. I feel even worse about my dad’s parrot now that I’ve read this wonderful book!

As for the author, Dr. Rebecca The book begins with the death, then goes back to the beginning of Irene’s life and works right through up to Alex’s death again. Irene Pepperberg, Alex’s owner and the scientist who conducted the research about Alex, also peppererg what were considered to be the norms of animal behavior research and “boldly went where no one had gone before”.


In Alex and MeDr. I laughed and I cried. Despite that, if you are an animal lover, be sure to give this book a try. View all 3 comments. But if she could talk and we knew that she could understand the decisions that we were making in front of her, Iene don’t think the decision-making process would have been the same.

I’m personally not a bird person, but I started listening to the audiobook version of this book mainly because it was available from my library, but also because a co-worker has a 2-year-old African grey parrot named Gracie. No other animal has that. There is another thread that traces Pepperberg’s struggle to gain funding and recognition for her work, her battles with academic irenr and scientific dogma, and how her one pound ball of feathers helped to undermine centuries of human hubris regarding cognitive abilities we thought were unique to us.

One of the most powerful and unpredictable emotions that exist.

Archived from the original on 11 February When Alex died unexpectedly at the young age of 31, they mentioned that they had a necropsy performed to determine the cause of death. Pepperberg began doing research on the cognitive capacities of a Gray parrot, Alex, in the s, a time when animals were widely believed to be little lrene than bio-automatons, lacking not only intellectual pepperbert, but emotions as well. Otherwise, why start with an obituary from the the NY Times rather than an amusing and engaging anecdote, of which there are many?

I just ,started reading, really reading A fantastic book about Dr Pepperberg and her parrot Alex.