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5/16/07: Pleasurable Kingdom

Animal Behavior Researcher Jonathan Balcombe
Animal Behavior Researcher Jonathan Balcombe

By Doug Fabrizio

Salt Lake City, UT – As our relationship with animals has developed over the course of time, we've generally come to recognize that creatures experience pain and stress. But what of pleasure and happiness? Animal behavior research scientist Jonathan Balcombe argues that positive feelings are evolutionarily adaptive, and he says that contrary to popular myth, survival and pleasure are actually quite compatible. Thursday, Balcombe is joining us to talk about how animals enjoy themselves, and what that means ethically for both science and society.

Jonathan Balcombe will discuss his theories at the King's English Bookshop on Friday, May 18th at 7:00 p.m. The event is free an dopen to the public. For more information, call 484-9100 or visit them on-line

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