Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals

Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals

Some We Love Some We Hate Some We Eat Why It s So Hard to Think Straight About Animals Combining the intellect of Malcolm Gladwell with the irreverent humor of Mary Roach and the paradigm shifting analysis of Jared Diamond a leading social scientist offers an unprecedented look inside

  • Title: Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals
  • Author: Hal Herzog
  • ISBN: 9780061730863
  • Page: 427
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Combining the intellect of Malcolm Gladwell with the irreverent humor of Mary Roach and the paradigm shifting analysis of Jared Diamond, a leading social scientist offers an unprecedented look inside our complex and often paradoxical relationships with animals.Does living with a pet really make people happier and healthier What can we learn from biomedical research with mCombining the intellect of Malcolm Gladwell with the irreverent humor of Mary Roach and the paradigm shifting analysis of Jared Diamond, a leading social scientist offers an unprecedented look inside our complex and often paradoxical relationships with animals.Does living with a pet really make people happier and healthier What can we learn from biomedical research with mice Who enjoyed a better quality of life the chicken on a dinner plate or the rooster who died in a Saturday night cockfight Why is it wrong to eat the family dog Drawing on than two decades of research in the emerging field of anthrozoology, the science of human animal relations, Hal Herzog offers surprising answers to these and other questions related to the moral conundrums we face day in and day out regarding the creatures with whom we share our world.Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat is a highly entertaining and illuminating journey through the full spectrum of human animal relations, based on Dr Herzog s groundbreaking research on animal rights activists, cockfighters, professional dog show handlers, veterinary students, and biomedical researchers Blending anthropology, behavioral economics, evolutionary psychology, and philosophy, Herzog carefully crafts a seamless narrative enriched with real life anecdotes, scientific research, and his own sense of moral ambivalence.Alternately poignant, challenging, and laugh out loud funny, this enlightening and provocative book will forever change the way we look at our relationships with other creatures and, ultimately, how we see ourselves.

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    I'm torn between one star and two. I would have given it a two just because the author seems to be making steps similar to those of Michael Pollan--"humane" meat, eating less meat, etc. And although the author seems to be conflicted with his own choices, I feel that these steps could make a difference if enough people adopted them. Would I much rather the guy be vegan? Well, duh, but that's not the world we live in. If this book manages to convince someone to even CONSIDER the moral implications [...]

    At home, I have a bearded dragon, a cat, and a brand new leopard tortoise with a respiratory infection. (pictures at the end)Before buying both the bearded dragon and the leopard tortoise, I did my research, as of course anyone should do before investing in a pet, particularly an exotic pet. So when Genbu (that's the tortoise) developed a runny nose after coming home, I knew from my research that he was probably a carrier of a type of bacteria leopard tortoises are particularly sensitive to and [...]

    Written by a psychologist & anthrozoologist, Herzog seems to hold to the middle of the road in most debates & gives a good account of both sides so far as I can tell. There's a lot more to how we think about animals than I would have thought & he comes at the issue from several different angles. He uses multiple studies & comparisons of their findings when he can. It's amazing how often so much diatribe is based on single studies & faulty science, though.(Update: Here's a goo [...]

    I watched a video one time on Youtube of a soldier in Iraq throwing a puppy off of a cliff for fun. You could hear the puppy's cry get farther away as it plummeted lower and lower. You can probably still find this video if you search "soldier throws puppy off cliff." This video deeply affected me, and I do not really consider myself an "animal lover." I felt very strong hatred toward the men, very intense sadness for the puppy. How could someone do that? And yetI eat meat. In fact, I eat meat ev [...]

    I listened to this a few weeks ago & gave it 5 stars as an audio book(My review is here: /review/show)even though I don't think that was the best format for it. While it's not filled with facts & figures that require study, there were some I would have liked to have reviewed, not easy in audio format, so I bought the HB paper edition & am skimming through it. Definitely the better format!(Update: Here's a good interview with Herzog that covers some of what is in the book & gives [...]

    Interesting topic, colloquial writing, shoddy research. This book bravely takes on the question of how humans think about animals and why our thoughts are clouded with contradictions. Why do people oppose the torturing and killing of lab mice for scientific pursuits, but not the torturing and killing of mice they view as pests inside their homes? Why do people oppose cockfighting but not factory chicken farming which destroys chickens in arguably more inhumane ways in greater numbers? Why do peo [...]

    I agree with the basic premise of this book. Our attitudes about animals are logically inconsistent, and when people are extremely logically consistent, that leads to absurdity. Hypocrisy is inherent in the relationships between humans and animals, and complications are impossible to escape from.However, this book only gets 2 stars because I don't think it was terribly well-written. It is anything but cohesive. There are hundreds of "mini-essays," each relating an anecdote, study, or philosophic [...]

    Meh. This book has a good title, but it's misleading. Well, the part after the colon is misleading. Some more accurate titles for the book would be:Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: It's Hard to Think Straight About Animals (omitted the "Why" because he doesn't really pretend to answer that.)Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: It's Complicated (Yep)Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat (Enough said. Oh, and the book would be blank to save on a lot of redundancy.)The author has over [...]

    There were several moments during this book when I thought, "WTF!?" but due to other obligations, I did not write them down and prepare a review. 1. I had forgotten all about the book until reading an article about the feral dog epidemic, when I remember that one of the more insane things in this book is when Herzog posits that if we keep spaying and neutering all our animals, someday (soon) there won't be any left so breeding dogs/pets is a good thing. He then cites the Netherlands, where spay/ [...]

    Another one that I wouldn't have picked up without the encouragement of my book club. I knew most of the horrifying ways that people mistreat animals and this book doesn't offer any real solutions, so it was hugely depressing.The author stated my position fairly well at the start of the book: "Like most people, I am conflicted about our ethical obligations to animals. The philosopher Strachan Donnelley calls this murky ethical territory "the troubled middle." Those of us in the troubled middle l [...]

    Although I liked this author's attempt to be fair to all perspectives, there were some questions that he chose not to explore.Herzog points out that many dog lovers live with cats instead of dogs. In fact, he is one of them. But he never asks why this pattern has developed. Is it because cats make better apartment dwellers or are there other factors not related to urban living?Also, in discussing the domestication of wolves (which is of particular interest to me), Herzog mentions a theory that w [...]

    I picked up this book because I love animals and I couldn't find any fiction books about them that looked interesting that week. Also, I thought the cover was cool and the premise sounded interesting.I did not expect to have my world-view challenged! I didn't know a lot of the research and things he points out (I literally shouted 'Oh my God, seriously?!' when he points out that research shows dolphin therapy does nothing. I thought it did something, although certainly nothing as extreme as the [...]

    A few hours ago I wrote in my "About Me" that I probably wouldn't be writing any reviews. But I enjoyed this book so much that I had to write oneMostly I wanted to assuage any fears that this is a book about shaming you for eating animals, or trying to lay down black and and white rules of how one should interact "correctly" with animals. The purpose of the book is not to convince you of black or white truths when it comes to how we treat animals. The purpose is to explore the large expanses of [...]

    I kind of want to give this book 3 stars, but when I try to think about what I learned from ite title pretty much sums it up. If a book can't go beyond its 9-word title, that's a problem for me. Ultimately, Herzog's only certain conclusion seems to be that our relationship with other species is complicated. No kidding! I was hoping for more than that.It seemed like there was a lot of emphasis on the "Some we love" aspect of the book. Lots of information about pets, including Herzog's speculation [...]

    Cognitive dissonance: gloss over it or untangle the knot?This is a fun, worthy read of a complex subject. The author doesn't seek to draw any "meaty" conclusions, but rather uses a deft hand and light approach to probe the way humans think of animals from a variety of angles. I found it the most intriguing when referencing studies that seem to shed light on the way our brains perceive sentient beings. I found it the clunkiest when the subject turned to vegetarianism. Characterizing self-identifi [...]

    I started reading this book in order to participate in the Read Smart book discussion series organized by NCSU Libraries and Wake County Public Libraries. I was so unimpressed by this book that I almost gave up on it. After a day or two, I was so traumatized by my not finishing a book that I started, that I went back to reading it. This time, I was pleasantly surprised by how intelligent the book sounded. I think the author did a good job addressing the very confusing and somewhat hypocritical r [...]

    Interesting, accessible discussion of our thoughts/relationships with animals. Herzog presents many sides and many scenarios, giving the reader the opportunity to appreciate a variety of viewpoints, and to, perhaps, reexamine his/her own thoughts on creatures of the earth and how we engage with them.

    The subtitle of this book should not be "Why it's so hard to think straight about animals," which leads you to expect some kind of answer to the question. "It's so hard to think straight about animals" is more like it.For me, as someone who's written about animals myself and has a fair amount of familiarity with the research literature, this book was somewhat disappointing. There's not that much in this book that I didn't already know. The most interesting part was about cockfighting, which is b [...]

    I loved this nonfiction look at our entrenched, loudly argued, and deeply inconsistent opinions involving human and non-human species. We all draw the line somewhere: Never eat a cow, a dog, a horse, a pig, a lobster, a bug. Kill all snakes, endangered or not. Poison rats. Stroke kittens. Experiment on a mouse but not a chimpanzee. Dote on the bottle-fed offspring of your milk cow until you put him (the bottle-fed offspring) on the dinner table. Protest the inhumanity of cock fighting over a chi [...]

    I expected to feel chastised by this book about "anthrozoology" and how humans think about animals. Instead, the book highlights how very muddled our thinking is--we're nearly all hypocrites in one way or another. For example, a survey about whether self-reported vegetarians had eaten any kind of flesh in the preceding three days had surprising results--lots had. Many of us see cockfighting as brutal; factory farming is probably worse, but you don't see states lining up to outlaw chicken fingers [...]

    Absolutely Amazing! So full of really good facts and stats and reality, yet there is no preaching or judgment or trying to persuade the reader to do anything but THINK about human-animal relationships, which it easily does. This book inspired me to revisit the desire to spend some time volunteering with animals (and gives great ideas of where to do so), to really think ethically and morally about my meat consumption even if I never become a vegetarian (which at the moment I don't plan to), and t [...]

    A book presenting as pro-animal rights but which is, in reality, a book justifying and providing yet more "reasons" for meat eaters to continue to eat dead things. His answer to eating meat and using animals for research is basically "it's really hard to think straight about these things". This then diminishes all of his guilt. The author is clearly heavily conflicted on his views around animals and cannot do the simple thing of going vegan. So therefore he wrote an entire book on it to try and [...]

    Psychological paradox of human beings in animal treatment, strongly driven by social norms, cultural behaviors & personal/religious belief (e.g. consume dozen tons of millions of chicken while condemn chicken fight as a crime that costs only thousands of chicken lives yearly). More unjustified dilemma of morality in animal treatment (killing millions mice for a temporary cure while spend millions for saving a useless dolphin). A new view over mankind attitude towards animal treatment, withou [...]

    An excellent investigation into the many varied ways that we treat animals and how we justify that range of treatment. The section where he compares the cruelty of cock fighting to the cruelty involved in factory farming millions upon millions of birds for our vast appetite for McNuggets is great, but there are many other thoughtful examples that bring psychology and philosophy to bear on this vast and difficult problem.

    Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About AnimalsBy Hal Herzog3 1/2 StarsThe title pretty much gives you all you need to know about the book. It is an indepth look at humans and their conflicting views on animals. I have to say that this is one of the most interesting books I've read recently. The author is a psychologist and is considered an expert on human-animal relations. He tells you straight up that he is "conflicted about our ethical obligations to [...]

    One thing I hate about some books like this – the ending. This book I found interesting, talking about why we eat some animals and not others and such. I did learn a lot (like people spend a ton of money to swim with dolphins and try to heal all kinds of things – those poor dolphins!) And the link between animal cruelty and serial killers is not really there (I always heard this one and the data doesn’t seem to support it. And a lot of people who are cruel to animals as kids are not serial [...]

    There is so much to like here, particularly toward the end when he describes people who despite what could be considered inconsistent attitudes about animals(eating meat but donating time to the Humane Society for example) are doing tangible and wonderful things to make the world a better place for all species. At the heart of this book though are those inconsistencies. He does a very nice job of making you think about why tourists in Seattle for example enjoy watching dead fish get tossed aroun [...]

    I had to read this as part of a class assignment before going to view (for the second time) an art exhibit about human relationships with animals since well, practically the beginning.I think anyone looking for hard, concrete opinions is going to be sorely disappointed. This is not a book for that. This is a book of observations; Herzog does include his opinions about things like - Why do we love our animals so much? - Do they love us unconditionally? - Why are some animals pets in one country a [...]

    I grew up in a hunting and fishing family. I always had pets growing up and I love a delicious steak. My parents raised their own beef cow for a few years and we always named the cow the same thing “Kenmore” or sometimes just “Freezer.” I used to own and plan to again own chickens for eggs and meat. I currently own a dog I would run into a burning building to save and who I buy a Christmas stocking for every year. I spend more a year on my dog’s medicine than I do my own. So Some We Lo [...]

    The frequent jabs at vegetarians/vegans were a little tiresome. (The author especially seemed to like to cite statistics on failed vegetarians and the number of vegetarians who actually eat meat - he brought that up a few times.) The snide and callous comments about cats compared to dogs were weird. But the real problem is that the author doesn't seem to try to answer the very question his subtitle proposes. Granted, there are some interesting facts and anecdotes (although I want to know who his [...]

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