DailyDirt: Smarter Than The Average Bear Cat… Bird?

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Animals aren’t as dumb as you might think, and the more we study our pets — the more we find that we may not just be anthropomorphizing our favorite animals. Some animals definitely have personalities, and some can exhibit some pretty complex cognitive skills. If we can understand more and more animal brains, maybe we’ll be able to figure out our own brains, too, someday. Here are just a few things to remember about cats, fish and birds.

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Lawrence D’Oliveiro says:

Why Can Bird Brains Be So Much More Efficient Than Mammal Brains?

There is an idea that birds can be smarter than most mammals, in spite of having smaller brains, because their lungs are so much more efficient. Mammals have to breathe in and out through the same passages, whereas birds have separate in and out passages.

Lawrence D’Oliveiro says:

Re: About 8 seconds.

I think it was Bill Bailey who did a joke about this, that a goldfish bowl had to be big enough so the fish would take 8 seconds to swim around it. And then they would be continually going, as they went round:

“Oh, what a wonderful view!”

“Oh, what a wonderful view!”

“Oh, what a wonderful view!”

If you made it slightly smaller, say 7 seconds, then it would be

“Oh, what a wonderful view!”

“Hang on, I’ve seen this bef–Oh, what a wonderful view!”

“Hang on, I’ve seen this bef–Oh, what a wonderful view!”

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