Chimps beat people at number memory tests

It is good to know there is more intelligent life on the planet, and chimps can be good at these things without the benefit of going to any of the UK’s much better funded state schools. What’s the excuse of those who could not beat the chimps?

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  1. Tony Makara
    Posted December 4, 2007 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    Of course intelligence is relative and every living creature on earth is a genius in its own way. It just goes to show how humans underestimate the animal and insect kingdoms. Last summer I was subject to an infestation of flying ants. I read up on these characters and it seems that when ants have been around and have outlived their usefulness the younger ants kick them out of the colony and they sprout wings and fly off, usually into peoples kitchens. The same principle of course applies to governments. The current Labour government is fatigued, contributes nothing to our society and is on the verge of being kicked out.

  2. gerry
    Posted December 6, 2007 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    Tony Makara is right. Since all life on Earth is based on the same ground-plan, every organism possesses intelligence. Bacteria communicate with each other. Increasingly, studies show a continuum of intelligences across all species. I think one can only make comparisons in intelligence between one individual and another of the same (sub)species.
    In the case of ourselves, the chasm between (say) Galileo, Einstein etc and some of the low-lifes that abound, seems vaster than that between some non-speaking Great apes and ourselves.

  3. Bazman
    Posted December 7, 2007 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    Conclusive proof Darwin was right. Chimps have been making tea for thirty years. The film Planet of the apes is in fact a true story.

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