Big Picture Science – Are Animals Really That Smart?

by Gary Niederhoff on December 12, 2016

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Big Picture Science – Are Animals Really That Smart?

You own a cat, or is it vice versa? Family friendly felines have trained their owners to do their bidding. Thanks to a successful evolutionary adaptation, they rule your house.

Find out how your cat has you wrapped around its paw. And it’s not the only animal to outwit us. Primatologist Frans de Waal shares the surprising intellectual capabilities of chimps, elephants, and bats. In fact, could it be that we’re simply not smart enough to see how smart animals are?

Plus, the discovery of a fossilized dinosaur brain. Were those lumbering lizards more clever than we thought?

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Alex Liu / Dinosaur Brain
Part 2: Abigail Tucker / Cat Smarts
Part 3: Frans de Waal / Animal Intelligence

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avatar Richard December 18, 2016 at 12:52 pm

Cats have trained us? The Big Picture is being missed here, which is unfortunate for a podcast named “Big Picture Science”. This is an illustration of Newton’s 3rd law and Einstein’s Relativity. Everything is equivalent and equal and opposite. If we observe an object, then equally the object observes us. When I train my cat to come around the back and enter the laundry through the cat door, when he comes to the front door and meows for his food, at my signal, it can be viewed equally as the cat having trained me to take the cat food to the laundry once he signals from the front door. There is no privileged view of the observer and observed or the trainer and the trainee. Einstein would have known that, but it is shocking that Big Picture Science doesn’t.

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