DailyDirt: Animals Are Getting Smarter...

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The more we study animals, the more we find out about their impressive cognitive abilities. And as we learn more about how other animal brains work, we might learn more about how our own minds think. Or perhaps someone will just figure out how to train parrots to pass CAPTCHA tests. In any case, here are a few interesting examples of animal intelligence. By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.


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    SF Company Joker, Dec 8th, 2011 @ 5:09pm

    animals vs humans

    I disagree. Animals aren't getting smarter, humans are getting dumber.

    Kardashians are on TV, 16 & Pregnant is a show and apparently the cupcakes are at war.

     

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    Hip Hop Production, Dec 8th, 2011 @ 6:30pm

    The lack of intelligence of the human species is linked to too much tv. Therefore I blame television.

     

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    Stupid is as stupid does, Dec 8th, 2011 @ 6:51pm

    Animals Are Getting Smarter...

    After following OOTB's comments.... I have to disagree with that statement.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 8th, 2011 @ 7:43pm

    Just Look at Congress

    "Animals Are Getting Smarter..."

    Or maybe humans are just getting dumber...

     

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    Wayne, Dec 8th, 2011 @ 8:28pm

    Animals are not getting smarter, we are just (finally) figuring out that animals are more than simply "squishy robots". I think the idea that animals do not have intelligence will be looked back upon by future humans the same way as the idea that the earth is the center of the universe.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Dec 8th, 2011 @ 9:56pm

      Re:

      I agree. They were always intelligent, we are just now better discovering their true intelligence.

      So they are adapting to new environments in new and intelligent ways. Doesn't make them any 'more' intelligent, they already had the intelligence to adapt to a changing environment before the environment changed but they didn't adapt (because they have no reason to) until after the environment changed. Doesn't make them any more intelligent, they just don't need to apply their pre- existing intelligence to adapt to a new environment before the environment changes. They're intelligent, not psychic.

       

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      Hephaestus (profile), Dec 8th, 2011 @ 10:25pm

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      What do you mean the earth is not the center of the universe? Next thing you will be telling me is that the earth is shaped like a potato.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 9th, 2011 @ 3:35am

    www.npr.org/2011/12/09/143304206/cagebreak-rats-will-work-to-free-a-trapped-pal

    Even rats are more empathetic than some people I know :)

     

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    darryl, Dec 9th, 2011 @ 9:28pm

    Chimps are dumb

    Dogs are far more intelligent that chimps, they are also very skilled in human communications.

    Most humans can determine the nature of a dog bark from it's sound alone, therefore it is a very effective form of communication.

    Dogs are also expert at reading facial expressions and body language, also their 'mind map' of the world around them is based on smells.

    You could teach a dog to do something in 5 minutes that would simply be impossible with a chimp.

    Also lion ants throw things.

     

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    Darryl, Dec 9th, 2011 @ 9:47pm

    Accuracy of Techdirt ??????? *NOT VERY*

    Since the sides of the pit consist of loose sand at its angle of repose,[10] they afford an insecure foothold to any small insects that inadvertently venture over the edge, such as ants. Slipping to the bottom, the prey is immediately seized by the lurking antlion; or if it attempts to scramble up the treacherous walls of the pit, it is speedily checked in its efforts and brought down by showers of loose sand which are thrown at it from below by the larva. By throwing up loose sand from the bottom of the pit, the larva also undermines the sides of the pit, causing them to collapse and bring the prey with them. Thus it does not matter whether the larva actually strikes the prey with the sand showers.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antlion

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 10th, 2011 @ 3:29pm

    A quote from one of my favorite movies

    F****n' scrugs. They're getting smarter all the time.

     

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