Robert C. O’Brien (Robert Conly) and Caroline Earle White
“Brain without heart is far more dangerous than heart without brain.”
Robert G. Ingersoll
This site is dedicated to the works of Robert Conly (better known as Robert C. O’Brien) and the life and work of Caroline Earle White – one of the first three to found an animal humane society in the United States and the first to establish an anti-vivisection society. It was created because I wanted to share all of the things I have learned during my years of research on these two amazing individuals.
Well, here I was thinking that I was overdue for a new post and, lo and behold, National Geographic pops up with this. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2020/03/rats-empathy-brains-harm-aversion/?fbclid=IwAR1_oy0GJZItPEixGltFnDFKkTQXC3RwSh6_cowygTsIXVl_QuGjLITtImw Did you know that Robert Conly (Robert C. O’Brien) worked for the National Geographic Society? Did you also know that his book was at least partially inspired by the work of… Continue reading “Rats Avoid Harming Each Other” National Geographic Comes Full Circle, in a Way
I first became familiar with the idea of formalized humane education when I studied Caroline Earle White during my undergraduate studies in history. White and others sought to increase the power and presence of kindness in society by reaching out to children and teaching them compassion and empathy at an early age. Perhaps the most… Continue reading Making Humane Education a Reality: The Institute for Humane Education
I’ve finally decided to extract just the Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH chapter of my thesis for your viewing pleasure. After all, since science has recently revealed that they’ve trained rats to drive cars to get food ( https://www.newscientist.com/article/2220721-scientists-have-trained-rats-to-drive-tiny-cars-to-collect-food/?utm_medium=SOC&utm_source=Twitter ), I felt like it was important to mention that it was O’Brien’s rats… Continue reading Just the Rats (of NIMH), M’am. Just the Rats
“Inhumane Humanitarianism:” The Work of Caroline Earle White and H.G. Wells “Many good people who abhor ordinary cruelty stultify their judgment concerning the extraordinary and feel rebuked when “the good of humanity” is hurdled at them as a telling argument; and when it is hinted that they are hysterical and indulge sickly sentimentality, they are… Continue reading A Tale of Two Islands
On a fateful day in 2013, a new adventure started for me. I had already been a rat advocate, as well as adoring other rodents, but I took a little course called “Animals and Human Civilization” – taught by the amazing Boria Sax (check out his books!). We had to pick out a book to… Continue reading I LOVE rats and rodents – There, I said it.
Note: This was taken from my rough book draft, so please excuse any typos. 1880 – “If you get into any trouble, I’ll see you through”. (419)” T.B. Miller to undercover reporters investigating the selling of medical diplomas In 1880, the London edition of Puck Magazine published a cartoon entitled “The Philadelphia Physician Factory.” The… Continue reading 1880-1882: The Philadelphia Physician Factory, Racism, and the Trial of Forbes
Note: This was taken from my rough book draft, so please excuse any typos. William Williams Keen – The Epitome of Brain without Heart The speedy disposition of so many uninjected animals in summer, when the world was mainly done, presented many serious obstacles, until, at last, during the regime of one ingenious assistant (who… Continue reading W.W. Keen and Caroline Earle White – Across the Lines of Battle
Note: This was taken from my rough book draft, so please excuse any typos. “Having accidentally, a few days ago, been led to take up and read the address delivered before you by Professor Keen, on the occasion of your graduation, I feel a strong desire to state to you some of the facts on… Continue reading “To the Graduates of the Twenty-Third Commencement of the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania:”
Note: This was taken from my rough book draft, so please excuse any typos. The following was written by Caroline Earle White near the end of her life. It speaks deeply of the love and compassion she exemplified in her work. “When it comes to the last hour of your life, do you not think… Continue reading “When it comes to the last hour….” Caroline Earle White’s Appeal to Conscience
Note: This was taken from my rough book draft, so please excuse any typos. I am much obliged for the enclosed sketch which pleasured and amused me very much. I am glad you go about in “high top boots” ferreting out abuses and attending to the wants of the often persecuted “brute creation.” I should… Continue reading Caroline Earle White: Compassion for Livestock and the 28-Hour Law (1873)