DailyDirt: Non-human Intelligence
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Humans aren’t the only animals on our planet that can communicate with other members of our species. As we study more of our fellow creatures, we continue to find surprising instances of intelligence and thought and problem-solving abilities. Here are just a few examples.
- Japanese scientists have created images showing how a thought moves through the brain of a zebrafish. The brain activity doesn’t look particularly complex, but it’s a start — and it could lead to a better understanding of how other brains work. [url]
- Slime mold doesn’t have a brain, but it can figure out complex problems — if we give set it up under the right conditions. The slime mold Physarum polycephalum can navigate a maze and find the shortest path when given a map made of carefully-placed food. [url]
- Almost anyone who has observed ants closely knows that ants can communicate via trails of chemicals (pheromones) and by touching each other — but some ants can also communicate using sounds. Researchers have recorded some of the sounds, and they’ve seen ants respond to the recordings as if their fellow ants were calling to them. [url]
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Filed Under: animal intelligence, ants, brains, communication, intelligence, pheromones, slime mold, smart animals, thoughts, zebrafish
Comments on “DailyDirt: Non-human Intelligence”
For those of you who (like me) are in a region that’s denied the slime mould video because of “rights”… you can find it on youtube!
we do it the hard way
Slime molds are marvelous and fascinating, but the same problems it solves in the video can be solved by soapy water.
Re: we do it the hard way
I was wondering about that.