I work in a field (criminal justice/law enforcement), which everyday proves THIS (below) statement true on so many different levels:
Humans are not smarter than animals.
No. Freaking. Kidding me with that statement!
[via physorg]Humans not smarter than animals, just different, experts say
Humans have been deceiving themselves for thousands of years that they’re smarter than the rest of the animal kingdom, despite growing evidence to the contrary, according to University of Adelaide experts in evolutionary biology.
“For millennia, all kinds of authorities – from religion to eminent scholars – have been repeating the same idea ad nauseam, that humans are exceptional by virtue that they are the smartest in the animal kingdom,” says Dr Arthur Saniotis, Visiting Research Fellow with the University’s School of Medical Sciences.
He says the belief that humans have superior intelligence harks back to the Agricultural Revolution some 10,000 years ago when people began producing cereals and domesticating animals. This gained momentum with the development of organised religion, which viewed human beings as the top species in creation.
“The belief of human cognitive superiority became entrenched in human philosophy and sciences. Even Aristotle, probably the most influential of all thinkers, argued that humans were superior to other animals due to our exclusive ability to reason,” Dr Saniotis says.
While animal rights began to rise in prominence during the 19th century, the drive of the Industrial Revolution forestalled any gains made in the awareness of other animals.
Professor Maciej Henneberg, a professor of anthropological and comparative anatomy from the School of Medical Sciences, says animals often possess different abilities that are misunderstood by humans.
“The fact that they may not understand us, while we do not understand them, does not mean our ‘intelligences’ are at different levels, they are just of different kinds. When a foreigner tries to communicate with us using an imperfect, broken, version of our language, our impression is that they are not very intelligent. But the reality is quite different,” Professor Henneberg says.
And if you are smart enough…
And yes, well HONEST enough, to acknowledge the above article to be true?
One must then ask themselves…
Just WHICH animal could be considered the superior brain on the planet?
Guess it depends on who you ask?
[via io9]What animal do you think might be as smart as a human? ~Annalee Newitz
Crows and ravens use tools, while octopuses seem to communicate by changing the color patterns on their skin. Many apes have learned to use sign language, and can have rudimentary conversations with their human companions. And then there are the social insects, like ants, who may be dumb as individuals but as colonies are able to farm, build cities, and wage wars. Plus there are many more.