6 months ago
Last edited at 6:19AM on 10/15/2013
I have three cats and two dogs so I always thought so. But sometimes when I get up in the morning........the laptop is mysteriously on and I have supposedly answered Qs I have never read before...............
Did a cat or dog invent the mobile phone or PC you're currently typing on ? NO,right ?Then you tell me it is the human brain that is multifold capable of being smart than any low species like a cat or dog or a mouse.
human smartness is based on the ability to use logic but animal smartness is tested on how many tricks they can do. i hate it. i know i can't catch a bird with my hands or smell out ,y prey so maybe their developed senses makes them better equiped and smarter. if we judge humans the way we do animls then circus goers and aristrocats are more smart than the scientists and doctors
The human brain is a much more complex and sophisticated working system than that of an animal. While dogs and cats can be rather intelligent and surprise their masters, they will never reach the height of intellect that a human has. You see, animals are hardwired to respond out of instinct and then later in life they acquire certain skilled such as commands and opening things. Animals have been tested for many things (trust me, just ask the animal protesters) but we have always come to the conclusion that a human is indeed the most complex and intelligent creature in the entire animal kingdom.
I once found a paw print in one of my chess books. I don't know whether Zoe walked across it or if she'd been studying the game behind my back. I'd have challenged her to a match to find out but I've never been beaten by a dog and didn't want to give her the opportunity.
When I play on line these days she often lies at my feet and I can't help wondering whether she's keeping an eye on my moves. I'm not letting her anywhere near my Android.
Three things an animal must have to become a dominant species is 1. They must have a complex brain that can understand logic and reason. 2. They need some ability to invent new things which would require opposable thumbs. 3. They must have the ability to mimic many sounds to creat a language so they can pass on discoveries that will live on even tho the invented is long gone
Tough question. What measures "smarter"? Animals exhibit all the behaviors and talents of humans (just another animal), so far, but to varying degrees depending on how necessary it is to that species. . Humans are outrageously adaptive, and most of our adaptations have relied on our ability to reason. But other animals reason, and many of the most adaptive of them (insects, rats, mice, cats, dogs, etc.) have attached themselves parasitically or symbiotically to us as individuals or to our species' population sites. So who is "smarter"? . My "pets" watch TV, prefer certain "human foods" (cooked, thank you), make their music tastes known, enjoy central heating AND air conditioning, prefer a solid roof when it rains and closed windows when it snows, and have very definite opinions on the open/closed status of doors. -- And they did not have to invent or construct any of these items themselves. But they are "smart" enough to recognize a species who does and find a way to share the stuff! . Or, as VeryOld says in his comment posted to harigvnd's answer: "... continue to dance in your chains, Monkey!" :-D