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SCIENCE FRIDAY'S SCIFRI BOOK CLUB

“‘The Sounds Of Life’ uncovers the world of little-known sounds that make up life on Earth. Read it with us this November.”

Science Review

SCIENCE

“meticulously researched and colorfully presented … the first [book]  to integrate so many dimensions of the field in a way that is accessible to non experts. It is a wonderful mix of animal ecology, narratives of science doing, futurism, and accounts of Indigenous knowledge that is as interdisciplinary as the field itself.”

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THE GUARDIAN

“Noise pollution is a menace to humanity – and a deadly threat to animals”

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NATURE

Book Reviews: Best science pick in Nature (2022): “In this beautifully written study, Karen Bakker compares digital technology that can reveal nature’s sounds with the microscope’s effect on vision. By extending our hearing, the technology allows us to encounter “new soundscapes around the world and across the Tree of Life”.

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THE GUARDIAN

“With digital bioacoustics, scientists can eavesdrop on the natural world – and they’re learning some astonishing things”

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WIRED WORLD 2023

“Researchers are applying digital listening technology to the natural world. It turns out it has quite a lot to say to us—and not all of it sounds good”

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CLEAR + VIVID WITH ALAN ALDA

“Her new book lets us eavesdrop on the chatter between creatures – even plants – that our ears can’t detect. And reveals how new technologies, including AI, are opening the possibility of our being able to converse with other animals.”

Next Big Thing

NEXT BIG IDEA CLUB NOMINEE

“The Sounds of Life was chosen as one of the Next Big Idea Club’s nominees for October 2022…”

Many Minds Podcast

MANY MINDS

“[The Sounds Of Life] is really bursting with insight, science, and stories—all presented with unusual clarity.”

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DLD NEWS

“Author and researcher Karen Bakker explores how technology helps us understand the way animals and plants communicate – and why that’s vital to human life on Earth as well.”

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THE SCIENTIST

“New insights into the functionality of nonhuman sound may help us conserve nature and protect ourselves from excessive noise.”

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WASHINGTON POST

“The turtle moms that ‘talk’ to their eggs before they hatch”

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THE SCHOLARS' CIRCLE

“How does deep listening to nature promote biodiversity and a deeper relationship with the natural world?”

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WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM

“How artificial intelligence is helping us decode animal languages”

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VOX

“Researchers are using drones, AI, and digital recorders to create a “zoological version of Google Translate.”

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PUBLIC SEMINAR

“Stories of speaking with animals are as old as human history”

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THE MORNING SHOW - NPR

“Humans have long thought we are unique in our ability to communicate with sound. Thanks to digital recording technology, scientists are now beginning to grasp the ways that animals use sound and how even some plants respond to noises.”

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THE JEFFERSON EXCHANGE

“The sound shocked the world, when people realized that whales sang songs and otherwise communicated with each other. And the revelations have continued to come, as technology has expanded our ability to detect the sounds of living things, even when they are inaudible to humans.”

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THE GLOBE AND MAIL

“The Sounds of Life was named one of the Globe and Mail’s Best Books to Gift this Year.”

Slate Political Gabfest

SLATE'S POLITICAL GABFEST

“…this piece inspired in me to think that every species has some seemingly miraculous way of operating and communicating that is so foreign to our nature that it’s hard to even believe. And that, if understood, could inform our own technological advances. “

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SMASHING SECURITY

“I think we have finally find a useful application of Artificial Intelligence…speaking to other creatures such as whales…although we might not actually like to hear what the sperm whales have to say”

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NOBBOT

“¿Podremos hablar pronto con las abejas?’

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RIVER REPORTER

“With miniaturized microphones, robotic devices, drones and satellites, we are tuning into a world of complex communication we have never heard before.”

Newsy In the Loop

NEWSY'S IN THE LOOP

“Artificial Intelligence could help humans talk to pets”

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PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY

“Bakker takes stock of the technology that’s being developed to help humans “listen to nonhumans in powerful ways.”

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NOEMA

“Advanced technologies like A.I. are enabling scientists to learn that the world is full of intelligent creatures with sophisticated languages, like honeybees. What might they tell us?”

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TALK NERDY

A conversation with Karen Bakker and Cara Santa Maria

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SIERRA MAGAZINE

“Bakker’s well-researched stories showcase the mysterious communication
styles of whales, elephants, turtles, corals, plants, and bees as told by the scientists who care enough to listen. These scientific breakthroughs couldn’t come at a better time…”

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MONGABAY

“Bakker’s book is full of stories of wonder and curiosity about the world of sound that constantly surrounds humanity.”

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TERRAIN.ORG

“How digital bioacoustics is revealing the unsuspected world of animal communication, and creating new possibilities for environmental conservation.”

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IDEAS PODCAST

“Technology often distracts us from nature, but what if it could reconnect us instead?”

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PLANT YOURSELF

“What do you get when you combine a reverential attitude toward the natural world with a high-tech approach to problem solving?”

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TOMORROW'S WORLD TODAY

“How AI Technology Technology Can Help Us Talk to Animals: What would you say to your pet if you could?”

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PSYCHOLOGY TODAY

“I couldn’t put it down….a fascinating and forward-looking book.”

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YALE ENVIRONMENT 360

“Digital technology is enabling scientists to detect and interpret the sounds of species as diverse as honey bees, peacocks, and elephants. In an e360 interview, geographer Karen Bakker discusses the surprising and complex ways that animals and plants use sound to communicate.”

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NEW SCIENTIST

“Chock-ful of colourful characters…a must-read if you want to understand the full marvel of what we know about the ways life communicates on Earth, and to appreciate the many things we have yet to discover.”

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KUOW’S SOUNDSIDE

“How technology is mapping the unheard conversations of the natural world…”

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KEEN ON

“A Digital Dolittle? On Technology That Will Enable Us to Talk With Other Species… Including Plants and Trees”

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LITHUB

“A fascinating new book…Bakker believes this technology will enable a new Enlightenment in which we will finally be able to communicate with nature.”

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FUTUREPROOF WITH JONATHAN MCCREA

“Explore the sounds in nature that we cannot hear….”

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ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY

“A charming and timely book, packed with stories of remarkable, eye-opening (and ear-opening?) discoveries.”

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THE JOHN FUGELSANG PODCAST

“This week John is broadcasting from California…interview[ing] Karen Bakker, author of “The Sounds of Life – How Digital Technology Is Bringing Us Closer to the Worlds of Animals and Plants”. They talk about the secret world of sound and how other species communicate”

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PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS

“Listening to nature is an ancient art. But for most of human history, our ability to listen to other species was constrained. Humans are unable to hear many of the myriad sounds made by other species.”

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CBC Spark

“Explore the tech that helps us understand the language of plants and animals, and how it may hold the key to protecting biodiversity”

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DEUTSCHLANDFUNK KULTUR

“Tierlaute entschlüsseln mit künstlicher Intelligenz”

“Decode animal sounds with artificial intelligence”

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TRAVELS WITH BIRDS

“This is a rare book that is both emotionally moving and scientifically stimulating…”

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FIRST THINGS

“Bakker is talking about extension of our experience and our understanding and our sympathy in ways not possible before the advent of digital technology…”

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ARAB NEWS

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THE GOOD MEN PROJECT

“Through the stories she has gathered from around the world, Bakker reveals how new technology has given us “a planetary hearing aid,” both to better understand how nonhuman life uses sound and the ways in which these sounds can help monitor and protect species”

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SOUTH AFRICA TODAY

“Through the stories she has gathered from around the world, Bakker reveals how new technology has given us “a planetary hearing aid,” both to better understand how nonhuman life uses sound and the ways in which these sounds can help monitor and protect species”

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BREATHWORK SCIENCE

“On an individual level we should all acknowledge that we need to re-think our attitudes to the environment we live in. As the book makes clear, we are not in any way isolated from the world around us.”

Karen’s work has been published in a dozen languages, and featured widely in the media, including BBC, CBC, Good Morning America, Huffington Post, New York Times, NPR, Guardian, and the Sunday Times.