Category: Animal minds

Animal minds: Is the world’s smartest dog a border collie?

Coren’s insights are usually valuable, but when he suggests that Chaser is about as smart as a two and a half-year-old child, he loses me. more

Apes CAN swim, it turns out

Take the“evolutionary” concept out of the above statements and they are a mess of impressive-sounding words that mean only: Apes don’t usually swim but they can. more

But why don’t the tool-using macaques just throw the stones at the dogs?

Dr. Grumert clearly believes that tool use is a development of superior and possibly increasing intelligence in macaques. more

Complex social behavior in worms?

How much dumber are these velvet worms than most mammals? more

Science mistaken to dismiss animal consciousness?

” … the possibility of animal consciousness and individuality, so evident to anyone with a pet dog or cat, was largely eliminated from mainstream science. more

Bird brains and ID definition of intelligence?

The Latin verb “intellego” (inter + lego) means “I choose between.” more

Animal intelligence: Cockatoo cracks lock unassisted

The cockatoo experiment design rules out such factors as the bird trying anything and everything and just getting lucky, without learning a correct routine. more

Stolen Concepts: All Materialist Arguments Are Self-Refuting

The stolen concept fallacy is a form of self-refutation. From Wikipedia: Stolen Concept – the act of using a concept while ignoring, contradicting or denying the validity of the concepts on which it logically and genetically depends. In an ongoing, multi-thread sub-debate at The Skeptical Zone, I have been making the case that when materialists […] more

Has any gorilla ever attacked another, saying you are just a HUMAN?

Every mother has watched a child suddenly … It happened for me when my kid said a complete sentence. more

But how does loathing humans help other life forms?

Religion is my only defense against the kitties, actually. Cats, you don’t know what I do when I am at church. more

Invertebrate intelligence: Independent thinking with a vengeance?

First known tool use among invertebrates. more

REFERENCE: The Smith Model, an architecture for cybernetics and mind-body/ free will/ determinism/ compatibilism analysis . . .

Since the issue of agent freedom and cause has again come up, it is worth the while to post the following summary on the Smith Model for agent cause and cybernetics, from the IOSE unit on minds etc: __________ >>(c) Of neurons, brains and minds The neuron (in its various types) is the key building […] more

Are vertebrates really smarter than invertebrates?

Put another way, is there any such thing as a “tree of intelligence”? Wouldn’t it make more sense to just assume that humans are far and away outliers? more

Atheism and sexual deviancy

“Is sex outside of marriage a sin? Is it a public matter? Is it forgivable?” No, of course sex outside marriage is not a public matter, and yes, of course it is forgivable. Only a person infected by the sort of sanctimonious self-righteousness that religion uniquely inspires would apply the meaningless word ‘sin’ to private […] more

Neuroscientists claim octopus has consciousness

The problem is that no one knows what consciousness is, exactly, or how it arises, and – hat tip to Thomas Nagel – no one knows what it is like to be a bat, or octopus. more

Bonobo Kanzi learns to make tools

Both apes had been taught by humans how to make the tools, but only Kanji appears to have profited from the lesson. more

What those thieving chimpanzees can ;) teach us about the difference between them and us … maybe

“It’s interesting that the humanness of sharing is so blandly accepted by these authors as an “evolved trait” when just a bit of thought establishes the impossibility of the enterprise.” more

Breaking, breaking: Chimpanzees steal and don’t care how crime affects the neighbourhood

How can this be? Were Jane Goodall and all the rest of the 99% chimpanzee gang unable to teach them kindergarten manners? more

Dolphins show truly impressive math skills

“”These dolphins were either ‘blinding’ their most spectacular sensory apparatus when hunting – which would be odd, though they still have sight to reply on – or they have a sonar that can do what human sonar cannot” more

Fruit flies learn to count?

Could be epigenetics, but the researchers are calling it directed evolution. We should sic BioLogos on more

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