We are Vanessa and Brian and we study human and animal cognition at Duke University. We just wrote a book called Survival of the Friendliest which we hope will correct the popular misconception of ‘survival of the fittest’. Especially now, we need to understand why being friendly is a more successful strategy. We’ll start with exhibit A - our dogs. Dogs are the second most successful mammal on the planet, besides us, while sadly, their wolf cousins are endangered everywhere they are found.
Ask us anything - in particular about how friendliness is a great strategy, especially during a world wide pandemic and with a politically fractured society. Ask us about why bonobos are the animal we wish we were, and about how dogs will save the world. Caveat - this is the first time we've done this together - note we put the wrong date on our picture because we took it last night - forgive us in advance and we'll do our best to answer all your questions and curiosities!
Here’s a video that might get you started….
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