12 Dec '11, 6pm

6 Species Proving Humans Aren't the Only Intelligent Ones on the Planet

6 Species Proving Humans Aren't the Only Intelligent Ones on the Planet

Defining intelligence is not easy. Is it an ability for abstract thought? Communication? Reasoning? Problem solving? It's a troubling concept for humans because we know we have it but we're not so sure what, exactly it is. And traditionally, humans have considered their intelligence to be superior to that of the rest of earth's inhabitants. Animals, it has long been thought, have a degree of intelligence but certainly nothing that could compare to humanity's proclivity for innovation and emotional understanding. Recently, however, a series of observations have challenged this idea. Indeed, we humans are finally realizing that several animals—from our cousins the apes down to fish and even some invertebrates—experience deep emotion, develop culture, and utilize tools for problem solving; all things that were once the cornerstones of the human intelligence pedestal. 1. Apes ...

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