Marian Stamp Dawkins
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Marian Ellina Stamp Dawkins (born 13 February 1945) is professor for animal behaviour at the University of Oxford, where she heads the Animal Behaviour Research Group. She has published several books, one of which has been translated into German, and many peer-reviewed papers. Her research interests include animal welfare, vision in birds, animal signalling, behavioural synchrony and animal consciousness.
- Animal Suffering: The Science of Animal Welfare. Chapman and Hall. 1980.
- Unravelling Animal Behaviour. Longman. 1986.
- Through Our Eyes Only?: The Search for Animal Consciousness. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 1993.
- She was coauthor with Aubrey Manning of the fourth and fifth editions of An Introduction to Animal Behaviour. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1993 and 1998.
- Living with The Selfish Gene. One of the collected essays in Richard Dawkins: How a Scientist Changed the Way We Think. Editors: Alan Grafen, Mark Ridley. Oxford University Press. 2006
Marian Dawkins remains skeptical about the consciousness of nonhuman animals. In her book, Why Animals Matter: Animal Consciousness, Animal Welfare, and Human Well-being (2012), she wrote "there is no proof either way about animal consciousness and that it does not serve animals well to claim that there is".
This position received significant amount of criticism since its release. Evolutionary biologist Marc Bekoff criticized Dawkins for denying a large body of solid scientific data. Jennifer O'Connor, a staff writer of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, considered the book 'appears to be nothing more than a defense for those who want to continue to use, abuse and exploit animals'. The book is rated 1.5 out of total 5 stars on Amazon.com.
She was also criticized for unprofessional academic conducts such as personal attack and misrepresentation of the opinions of the academic opponents.
- "Staff:Academic Marian Dawkins". University of Oxford, Department of Zoology. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
- Book reviews http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0199747512/ref=cm_cr_dpvoterdr?ie=UTF8&thanksvoting=cr-vote-RN2RMW41H7IP3#RN2RMW41H7IP3.2115.Helpful.Reviews
- Criticisms of Why Animals Matter: Animal Consciousness, Animal Welfare, and Human Well-being from the readers: http://www.amazon.com/review/RN2RMW41H7IP3/ref=cm_cr_dp_cmt?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0199747512&channel=detail-glance&nodeID=283155&store=books#wasThisHelpful
- Animal Consciousness and Science Matter
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