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Animal intelligence has been widely underestimated, says primatologist Frans de Waal - Source Washington post

Posted on May 05,2016
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In one experiment, clever crows dropped rocks in a container of water to get at floating food. (Photocredit Sarah Jelbert)

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By Sadie Dingfelder

WASHINGTON, DC. - Ever stare out into space and look for signs of intelligence? Well, we should be looking right here on Earth, primatologist Frans de Waal argues in his new book, “Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?” (He’ll discuss it at a Smithsonian Associates event Wednesday.)

For centuries, scientists have been obsessed with finding the one big difference that separates humans from other animals - things like tool use, observational learning and the ability to plan ahead. Almost as soon as that line gets drawn in the sand, chimps, crows and octopuses step, fly and swim right over it. It’s time to stop this fruitless quest, de Waal argues: Instead of trying to prove humanity’s superiority, let’s use our big brains to see the world from the point of view of other species.

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