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November 4, 1961

Man and Dolphin

JAMA. 1961;178(5):531. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040440083024

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Abstract

This narration is based on the prediction that within the next decade or two man will establish vocal communication with another species. This species will be highly intelligent and will most likely be an aquatic animal. Man and Dolphin is a basic handbook for those adventurers in science who can foresee the possibility of interspecies communication. It is a comprehensive outline of the work already undertaken and the research that must be done to establish this contact.

The possible implications of this study and of interspecies communication are related in a somewhat humorous vein. Three appendices offer a wealth of information about the dolphin; various animals are compared to the dolphin in regard to brain size, ratio of brain weight to body weight, and inborn intelligence of the species. The book is written on a more or less philisophical plane and, although a bit repititious in places, it is a

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