Episode 60: Baby, Baby, It’s a Wild World

There is something infinitely fascinating about the idea of children who have grown up outside of the constructs of society. These individuals have taken on legendary status over the centuries, from Romulus and Remus to Mowgli and Tarzan. Perhaps we imagine their connections to the natural world run deeper than those of us civilized people, or that they might have something to tell us about the essential nature of humanity. In some ways, people look to these wild boys and girls to exemplify the ‘noble savage’ archetype. We will explore the legend of children raised by animals as we examine “The Wolf Girl of Devil’s River.” We will also discuss the real world phenomena of feral children and their reintegration into society over the course of history, and ask that age-old question; just what is it that separates humans from animals?

Hint: it rhymes with smodcasting.

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In Search Of – Season 4 Episode 17 – Wild Children

Sources:

Starved, tortured, forgotten: Genie, the feral child who left a mark on researchers | Society | The Guardian

PETRUS GONZALES – Wolf Boy of the Canary Islands Circus Freaks and Human Oddites

Who Is the Real Savage?

New Language Discovered: Prairiedogese : NPR

Nicaraguan deaf children create a new sign language entirely their own

The Child of Nature: The Feral Child and State of Nature by Michael Newton, University College, London

Williams Syndrome and the Brain – Howard M. Lenhoff, Paul P. Wang, Frank Greenberg, and Ursula Bellugi – The Salk Institute

The Gap: Te Science of What Seperates us from Other Animals – Thomas Suddendorf

Morality – Its Not Just For Humans – CNN

Is Morality Innate and Universal – Discover

Wild Child ‘Genie’: A tortured Life – ABC News

“Stop It!” She Said. “No More!” – NYT

Classic American Ghost Stories by Deborah Downer

Who Was Peter The Wild Boy – BBC

Birds Do It. Bats Do It – Berkeley

What Separates Us From The Animals? – Slate

Secrets Of The Wild Child – Video NOVA Doc on Genie

The Language Instinct by Steven Pinker

The Difference Between Animal and Human Communication | Owlcation

The Honeybee Waggle Dance – Is it a Language? | AnimalWise

Dance Language of the Honey Bee – eXtension

The Evolution of Bee Language – Scientific American

It’s Time for a Conversation – National Geographic Magazine

Scientists discover dolphins ‘can speak almost like humans’ | The Independent

Sperm Whales’ Language Reveals Hints of Culture

 

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