Programs & Events

Science Connections Lecture: The Dolphin in the Mirror

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Science Talks
Feb. 22, 2013 | Friday, 6:00pm
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Talk will begin at 7pm
Location: Museum of Natural Sciences - Main Auditorium

Doors open at 6pm for Poster Presentation* and free refreshments.
Talk will begin at 7pm in the Auditorium on the first floor.

About the Speaker

Diana Reiss with a dolphinDiana Reiss is a Professor at Hunter College, New York, and  the world’s leading expert on dolphin intelligence, who has helped lead the revolution in dolphin understanding for three decades. In addition, as an activist, she is a leading rescuer who helped inspire and served as an adviser for The Cove, and who continues to campaign against the annual Japanese slaughters. She authored the book “The Dolphin in the Mirror: Exploring Dolphin Minds and Saving Dolphin Lives”, in which she combines her science and activism to show us just how smart dolphins really are, and why we must stop mistreating them. Reiss describes the astonishing sonar capabilities of dolphins, their sophisticated, lifelong playfulness, their emotional intelligence, and  their ability to bond with other species, including humans and even dogs! Her beloved companion dolphins, each with distinct personalities, create their own toys, type commands on a keyboard, tease and scold her playfully, and express their affection and delight. In Reiss’s most famous experiments, she used a mirror to prove that dolphins are self-aware, and even self-conscious. Her public lecture will be  both a scientific revelation and an emotional eye-opener, revealing one of the greatest intelligences on Earth.

*posters are from students attending local colleges and universities.