These animals are probably more intelligent than your neighbor. Looking at them and understanding them may give us clues on how to understand ourselves. Chimpanzees may tell us where our sense of morality came from because contrary to general belief we are not the only ones, chimps have morals and as you will see other animals have great intelligence too. So looking at these intelligent animals I hope that it will remind us how valuable they are and bring us closer to them. I much rather like watching intelligent animals than dumb humans such as in this post: “Psychology Experiments Show How Disturbing Humans Are“.
Chimpanzee figures out how to get a peanut out of a thin tube.
I know a few people who would not have figured this one out.
Are Crows the Ultimate Problem Solvers?
We know that crows are smart animals, they are capable of placing walnuts on a street where cars pass by so that the cars break the nuts for them. But how smart are they really? What else can crows do? Well, you will be surprised with this puzzle because I’m sure you can think of a few humans that are not capable of solving it.
This Chimpanzee Will Beat You at Memory Games
Do we underestimate chimpanzees or do we overestimate ourselves? One thing is for sure is that these chimpanzees are better than us at memory games. One can argue if they are even smarter than us at certain intellectual tests. Seeing this primate solve these puzzles at such an amazing speed made me feel very unevolved.
Chimpanzee vs. Human Child Learning
An interesting study demonstrates how we are indoctrinated easily as children. We are told the ‘answer’ and do not question it from a very early age, we learn to trust authority.
Super Smart Dolphin Answers Questions
The Echo Location Visualization and Interface System (ELVIS) allows Dolphins to make choices and answer questions. Luna the young Dolphin grasped the concept quickest and is eager to choose her own meals and please her trainers.
Just how smart are dolphins?
Can they understand their own reflection?
Elephants Are First Wild Animals to Understand Pointing
We already know that chimpanzes will beat us at memory games so can elephants now beat us at pointing? A new study of African elephants showed they understand what it means when humans point, something even wild chimps struggle with. Oh did you know that elephants also return to the place of death of their loved ones? And they are also said to be able to cry.
A demonstration of an octopus learning through observation
Should Chimps Have Human Rights?
There’s a group of people who’ve gone to court, trying to give a captive chimpanzee many of the same rights as human beings. The group called the ‘Nonhuman Rights Project’ is posing some very interesting arguments that could have wide-ranging implications for intelligent animals across the US.