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465 – Brian Hare (Scientist. Author. Dog Guy.)

By March 10, 20212 Comments

Dr. Brian Hare is a core member of the Center of Cognitive Neuroscience, a Professor in Evolutionary Anthropology, and Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. He received his PhD from Harvard University in 2004, and in 2005, following his work at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig was awarded the Sofia Kovalevskaja Award, Germany’s most prestigious award for scientist under 40. In 2007, Smithsonian Magazine named Hare one of the top 35 scientists under 36. Hare has published over 100 scientific papers and his research has received consistent national and international attention. In 2019, Hare and his research were featured in Steven Speilberg’s documentary series Why We Hate.

Hare’s first book with co-author Vanessa Woods, The Genius of Dogs is a New York Times Bestseller.

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range;Seamus,” by Pink Floyd; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.


  • Fascinating discussion, and I’m intrigued by the idea that our relationship with dogs was the evolutionary advantage that allowed us to outcompete the other species of humans in the planet. Bigfoot tales are of course anecdotal, but one of the things that get repeated over and over again is that Bigfoot HATES dogs.

    In fact, I would argue that our relationship with dogs goes beyond the physical, or at least that’s what the evidence suggests in Rupert Sheldrake’s book Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home –and yes, it’s quite possible cats are equally available to psychically detect when their owners are coming back home, but they just don’t give a fuck 😉

    PS an species that looks like a cross between a gorilla and a chimpanzee DOES exist. It’s called the Bili Ape and it was officially recognized in 2003.

  • Truth says:

    If you don’t shill, do they take away your wallet.

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