They are certainly not the answer to declining attendance and involvement that some have hoped they would be.
The latest fad in the “Talk to the animals” arena appears to be a classic in confirmation bias.
Scientism is the belief that only the hard sciences can provide any reliably true knowledge.
Vertebrates generally have brains divided into two lobes, an arrangement that may go back half a billion years.
They can be quite interesting when they allow themselves to play around with ideas a bit.