01 Sep '17, 3pm

Intelligence of apes misunderstood because of bias and bad science

Intelligence of apes misunderstood because of bias and bad science

Apes’ abilities appear to be entirely misunderstood because research has failed to measure them fairly and accurately, according to a new report. I’ve always marveled at how shortsighted humans can be, especially when it comes to other species. We’ve got such a superiority complex that we fail to fully appreciate the remarkableness of things like an octopus completely changing colors and texture in second s, or a tiny songbird figuring out how to fly 1,500 miles nonstop over the Atlantic . In a human, these traits would be worthy of a Harry Potter character; in an animal? Meh. Cool, but animals can’t write and make pizza and get in rocket ships and fly to the moon, so how smart can they really be? (And of course there are many of us who appreciate the brilliant wonders of the animal kingdom, but I’m talking more about the general anthropocentric mindset.) More and more, ho...

Full article: https://www.treehugger.com/animals/intelligence-apes-misu...

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