The Daily Pick

Friday, June 10, 2005

Interview with Jane Goodall

A terrific Jane Goodall interview with the New Scientist. Thanks to Boing Boing for the link.

Did being naive help?

I don't think I thought so at the time, but looking back, it was terribly helpful, because I didn't know that animals weren't supposed to have personalities, minds and feelings. I was 27 by the time I got to Cambridge to study for a PhD in ethology. I was shocked to find that the professors and students were very disapproving of me giving the chimpanzees names and personalities and describing their minds and abilities. But the great thing about going was that I learned how to express myself scientifically and to analyse data.

posted by The Daily Pick at 1:43 AM


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