Could Animals Be As Smart As Humans Some Day?
Many people have the impression we are the only smart animals on the face of the planet and all other animals are just dumb. We have proven this time and time again by killing off all sorts of species of animals and many times without even a good reason. If there is a way to profit off of an animal’s death, you can be sure there will be someone there to kill it. For years I have been saying we underestimate the intelligence of animals. What would happen if we took an animal from the wild and subjected it to schooling, would we be able to better discern its intelligence easier? A trainer used a parrot to teach and the results were stunning. The parrot turned out to be far smarter than anyone could believe. It wasn’t a case of a parrot just repeating sounds it heard, but actually understanding what it was talking about. You should really look at the video below because it may give you a whole new outlook on animal intelligence:
One scientist stated, “Animals are often given tasks based on human behavior, such as the use of tools”, says a zoologist at the Natural History Museum in Oslo. “If you turn it around and visualize a flock of screaming chimpanzees hauling you up into a treetop who confront you with a complicated problem involving nuts, how intelligently do you think you would perform?” he asks. I personally believe he is right and to illustrate the point I ask the question, were we dumber before we invented the wheel? I don’t think so, we just lacked technology. It may be somewhat the same with animals. First of all they have different problems from us and these are the problems they concentrate on. Take the bee for example. We know it has some form of language, because if it didn’t it couldn’t direct the other bees to where it found pollen. The problem is a bee only has a tiny brain so how can this insect be intelligent? Below is a video with a bee communicating:
Did you know some scientists believe Dolphins are so smart they have called for non-human person status for them? They have exhibited different personalities, are able to figure out symbol based language and have self-recognition. Indeed dolphins are one of the smartest species of animals on the planet Earth. They can even do things we can’t such as using built in sonar. Below is a video showing some of the things they are capable of:
When we see how elephants are being slaughtered, most of us don’t realize elephants are self-aware. They know when they look in a mirror they are seeing themselves, which most animals wouldn’t know. Scientists put an X on the head of an Asian elephant and then put a mirror in front of it. The elephant saw the X and tried to remove it. It knew it was looking at itself. Elephants live in groups and are social animals. Scientists were surprised to find out elephants can work together in a group to solve a problem. Below is a video of an elephant painting a picture of an elephant:
I bet you didn’t know some fish do some very intelligent acts? Two species of reef fish use tools to open clam shells. They drop and also ram rocks on the clams to open them. A video below shows this:
Recently an octopus was observed carrying a coconut shell where ever it went. Scientists noticed this and decided to watch the animal to find out why it was doing this. It turned out it was carrying the shell to use if for protection. Whenever it felt threatened it put the shell down and crawled inside it. It was using the shell as a sort of fort.
Some people think animals just need more evolution and if they get it, they may be even smarter than us. When you think of this stance, you have to wonder if this could be applied to other planets. Is it possible we might find intelligent life on other planets which is composed of dolphins, birds, fish or even chimps or gorillas? It could be like Planet of the Apes out there. I would hope people will realize animals are a lot smarter than most people give them credit for and it won’t take finding extraterrestrial intelligent animal life before that happens.
I have tried to avoid talking about the same things when I talk about animal intelligence. You will notice I didn’t mention the fact Koko the gorilla can use sign language or crows using tools to solve problems because I have talked about this before.