Support Provided ByLearn More

What Are Animals Thinking?

Probe animal morality, the "swarm intelligence" of a beehive, the amazing navigation talents of pigeons, and more.
Runtime: 0:30Topic: NatureNatureBrand: NOVA ScienceNOWNOVA ScienceNOW
Share

(Program not available for streaming.) We humans have long wondered how animals see the world—and us. Does your dog really feel shame when it gives you that famous "guilty look?" What is behind the "swarm intelligence" of slime mold or a honeybee hive? How can pigeons possibly find their way home across hundreds of miles of unfamiliar terrain? In this episode of NOVA scienceNOW, David Pogue meets—and competes—with a menagerie of smart critters that challenge preconceived notions about what makes "us" different from "them," expanding our understanding of how animals really think.

More Ways to Watch

Support Provided ByLearn More

Explore More

Funding for NOVA scienceNOW is provided by the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and PBS viewers.

National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by Draper. Major funding for NOVA is provided by the David H. Koch Fund for Science, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers. Additional funding is provided by the NOVA Science Trust.