Chimps and humans are nearly 99 percent alike in their genetic makeup. Scientists and researchers have conducted myriad studies of their intelligence. These 3 fascinating videos show some of the results. It turns out that they are smarter than us in a number of ways.
The first two videos pit chimpanzees against humans, with surprising results. The third one, on page 3, shows how clever a chimp can be when left to his own devices.
This first video from ABC News shows how much better a chimpanzee’s short term memory is than a human’s when his reward is a tasty peanut treat, and the goodies keep coming. Peanuts are so yummy.
The video on page 2 pits a chimpanzee against a human child, with similar results, and a peanut reward at the end. And in the video on page 3 getting the peanut is the ultimate challenge and reward.
Maybe the answer is that chimps love peanuts more than we do!
Watch and see what you think.
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In this video from National Geographic you’ll see a fascinating experiment comparing problem solving by chimps and human children. They’re each presented with a black box in which they do various manipulations on the top before they get their peanut reward from a hole below. Next they are presented with a see-through box where it is obvious that the top manipulations meant nothing; the reward is immediately available through its hole.
Most of the children proceed to go through the top manipulations again the way they had been shown before they go for the reward.
Most of the chimps skip the nonsense and go straight for the peanuts.
Who’s smarter? You decide.
OK, so that was a contest between a chimp and a small boy. But what about you personally?
Go to page 3 for your test to see if you are smarter than a chimp.
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Could You Get the Peanut?
Before you see how the clever chimp does it, pause the video a moment and figure out how you would get the peanut out of the tube which is fixed to the bars of the cage and can’t be moved.
OK? Done? Now watch how the chimp solves this puzzle.
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