Ximena Nelson on The Lives of Spiders

Many Minds | 30 May 2024 | 1h 17m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Ximena Nelson about her book The Lives of Spiders. Discusses how spiders use hairs to detect the minutest of vibrations and how they see, usually, with four pairs of eyes; web-making and silk-making; how spiders hunt, jump, dance, pounce, plan, decorate, cache, balloon, and possibly count; why so many spiders mimic ants; whether webs constitute an extended sensory apparatus – like a gigantic ear – and why spiders are an under-appreciated group of animals for thinking about the evolution of mind, brain, and behaviour.

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