DailyDirt: Are You Smarter Than A Dolphin?

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We may think we're pretty smart, but animals like dolphins are pretty smart too. For over 30 years, scientists have been trying to determine how smart dolphins really are. Bottlenose dolphins have a brain-to-body-weight ratio that is only second to humans, and they also have a very complex neocortex, the part of the brain that is responsible for traits typically associated with human intelligence, such as problem-solving and self-awareness. Researchers have even found that dolphins have von Economo neurons, which are associated with emotions, social cognition, and the ability to sense what others are thinking. Besides dolphins, people may be underestimating the intelligence of animals in general. Here are just a few links related to animal smarts. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post.

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    special-interesting (profile), 2 Mar 2013 @ 11:26pm

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    Wow! An actual metaphorical response! (I am sooo impressed) The infinite reciprocal response is unlimited. (a compliment) of which I will award you with my ultimate congratulations:

    “We are aware of that we are aware of our awareness.”

    Please (am begging you) argue (or intelligently discus) with me.

    Intelligence is a function of thinking and not the slavery to our current thoughts.

    Said before: “what is the difference between thinking and thought” (ask me specifically. I wont expound upon otherwise)

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