King Solomon's Ring

King Solomon's Ring

by Konrad Lorenz

Solomon, the legend goes, had a magic ring which enabled him to speak to the animals in their own language.

Konrad Lorenz was gifted with a similar power of understanding the animal world.

King Solomon's Ring, the book which brought him worldwide recognition, is a delightful treasury of observations and insights into the lives of all sorts of creatures, from jackdaws and water-shrews to dogs, cats and even wolves.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Nonfiction
  • Rating: 4.23
  • Pages: 192
  • Publish Date: August 11th 2002 by Routledge
  • Isbn10: 0415267471
  • Isbn13: 9780415267472

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The writing style is light and humorous while still being fascinating about the observed ways animals interact in relatively natural environments. One fault I did find with the book; I don't like reading that foxes aren't really as smart as everyone thinks they are. Lalalalalala And in other animal news, but not having anything to do with this book (because Raccoons aren't found in Europe, or so I am led to believe if the BBC magazine about nature is to be believed), I discovered last night that there is a raccoon living on my street here in Queens!

Before I read this book I thought I knew a lot about animal behavior so I was shocked by how much I learned. So give this book a read and maybe you'll see the animal world a little different.

"È raro che io rida di un animale, e quando ciò accade mi accorgo poi, ripensandoci meglio, che in realtà ridevo di me, dell'uomo, di cui l'animale mi aveva presentato una caricatura più o meno spietata." Lanello di Re Salomone è un saggio del 1949 in cui Konrad Lorenz, fondatore dell'etologia che ha dedicato la vita allo studio del comportamento degli animali, descrive una parte dei suoi esperimenti con varie specie quali i pesci, le taccole (un tipo di uccello), le oche, i cani e i gatti. Ma tratta anche le abitudini sociali degli animali: il loro comportamento "in famiglia", in amore e come comunicano tra di loro, attraverso gesti e espressioni che si possono interpretare e comprendere.

He said it was the best book on animals ever. Lorenz was an animal behaviorist who, at times, writes like a poet.

After surprising me with the intricate mechanisms in the de-throning of the ruling jackdaw tyrant he stated as follows: "You think I humanize the animal? Believe me, I am not mistakenly assigning human properties to animals: on the contrary, I am showing you what an enormous animal inheritance remains in man, to this day." This passage clearly stated what had been one of Lorenz's objectives all along in the book. I don't think I've ever found such a profound respect for someone in a book as I have for Lorenz in reading "King Solomon's Ring". to the domesticated dog, its owner is the combination of the alpha male of a dog-person pack and the affectionate mother contrary to popular belief, even when at the point of starvation a wild wolf will not attack a fellow member of its pack in birds there is no law of attraction of opposites aka sexually mature volatiles may court individuals of the same sex jackdaws know through acquired knowledge their enemies, not by innate instinct, they are quite literally informed through the handing-down of information from the old generation to the next.

I had come across Lorenz in various Psychology courses, but this is the first book of his that I have read. He is credited with being the founder of the science of Ethology the study of animal behavior, especially genetically-programmed behaviors known as instincts. (There are several photos on the internet of Lorenz with a trail of geese following him.) This book, probably his most famous, is a collection of loosely associated essays on animal behavior mostly dwelling on his greylag geese and jackdaws.

In 1936 he met Dutch biologist Nikolaas Tinbergen, and the two collaborated in developing ethology as a separate sub-discipline of biology.