Becoming Wild

How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace by Carl Safina

  • Published: Sep 29, 2020

"In this superbly articulate cri de coeur, Safina gives us a new way of looking at the natural world that is radically different."The Washington Post New York Times bestselling author Carl Safina brings readers close to three non-human... read more

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Details of Becoming Wild

Exact title of the book
Becoming Wild
Book author
Carl Safina
ISBN
9781250787613
Publisher
Picador
Published
Apr 06, 2021
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
400
File size (in PDF)
3600 kB

Some brief overview of book

"In this superbly articulate cri de coeur, Safina gives us a new way of looking at the natural world that is radically different."The Washington Post New York Times bestselling author Carl Safina brings readers close to three non-human cultureswhat they do, why they do it, and how life is for them. Some people insist that culture is strictly a human feat. What are they afraid of?

This book looks into three cultures of other-than-human beings in some of Earths remaining wild places. It shows how if youre a sperm whale, a scarlet macaw, or a chimpanzee, you too experience your life with the understanding that you are an individual in a particular community. You too are who you are not by genes alone; your culture is a second form of inheritance.

You receive it from thousands of individuals, from pools of knowledge passing through generations like an eternal torch. You too may raise young, know beauty, or struggle to negotiate a peace. And your culture, too, changes and evolves.

The light of knowledge needs adjusting as situations change, so a capacity for learning, especially social learning, allows behaviors to adjust, to change much faster than genes alone could adapt. Becoming Wild offers a glimpse into cultures among non-human animals through looks at the lives of individuals in different present-day animal societies. By showing how others teach and learn, Safina offers a fresh understanding of what is constantly going on beyond humanity.

With reporting from deep in nature, alongside individual creatures in their free-living communities, this book offers a very privileged glimpse behind the curtain of life on Earth, and helps inform the answer to that most urgent of questions Who are we here with?

About author

Safina's work has been recognized with MacArthur, Pew, and Guggenheim Fellowships, and his writing has won Orion, Lannan, and National Academies literary awards as well as the John Burroughs, James Beard, and George Rabb medals. Safina is founding president of the not-for-profit Safina Center. He hosted the 10-part PBS series Saving the Ocean with Carl Safina.

His books include Beyond Words, Song for the Blue Ocean, and The Eye of the Albatross. He lives on Long Island, New York.

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