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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.

Photo Credit: hagit

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7:03AM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

11:35AM PST on Feb 17, 2013

Animals don't have to read scripture. The Bible says that they already know God! ;)

5:10PM PDT on Oct 19, 2012


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8:40PM PST on Dec 25, 2010

Hey everyone, you can help the Jane Goodall Institute (they work for conservation of chimpanzees and their habitat) win $10,000!

4:22PM PDT on Sep 6, 2010

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1:08PM PDT on Aug 18, 2010

Thanks for the article Cris. I love how animals keep surprising us with abilities we never thought they had.

What's your point susan? Are you saying that they are lesser beings than we are? How does being able to memorise 10 versus from the bible make us smart, when after our recital, we go out and further destroy our world, kill, lie and cheat each other. How smart is that?

9:30PM PDT on Aug 15, 2010

Sure, humans may be the most intelligent species on Earth but they sure do some stupid things. And some horrible things in history have happened because people were simply following orders. Don't be afraid to break the rules - that's what leads to heroism and creativity.

7:34AM PDT on Aug 9, 2010

Lynn C. is right. Plus, the chimps did not mind breaking the rules. The kids followed the instructions. Maybe this should be used as a lesson in socialization, rather than learning and memory.

9:34AM PDT on Jul 31, 2010


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